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Grade 4-6–This introduction to one of astronomy's most active and exciting pursuits combines a simplified account of the clever techniques scientists use to infer the existence of planets orbiting other stars with a gallery of dramatic, if speculative, painted views of what those planets and their suns might look like. Halpern describes the size, orbit, and atmosphere of several recent discoveries, and closes with a reference to the Kepler spacecraft that, when it's launched a few years from now, will really jump-start the search for extrasolar planets. Considering how little is known about these planets, Cook's full-bleed, color art adds more visual interest than hard information, and the distinction between fact and fiction is drawn with reasonable clarity. Halpern and Cook use different but equally effective approaches to kindle that sense of wonder in readers not yet ready for more extensive treatments of the topic, such as Ron Miller's Extrasolar Planets (21st Century Bks., 2002).–John Peters, New York Public Library

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Gr. 3-6. In 1995 the wobble of a distant star led astronomers to deduce the existence of a planet beyond our solar system. Presenting the story of extrasolar planets in a relatively short, clearly written text, Halpern discusses how scientists identify and study these planets and in what ways they resemble those already known. Made with computers, colored pencils, and acrylics, Cook's striking artwork creates clear images of our own solar system and richly colored, imaginative scenes of worlds never seen. The last page includes a brief glossary and index as well as two suggested Web sites. A good addition to astronomy collections, this is an intriguing topic about which little has been published for children. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 5
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570916179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570916175
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,559,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Acclaimed science writer and physicist Dr. Paul Halpern is the author of fourteen popular science books, exploring the subjects of space, time, higher dimensions, dark energy, dark matter, exoplanets, particle physics, and cosmology. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and an Athenaeum Literary Award. A regular contributor to NOVA's "The Nature of Reality" physics blog, he has appeared on numerous radio and television shows including "Future Quest" and "The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special".

Halpern's latest book, "Einstein's Dice and Schrodinger's Cat," investigates how physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrodinger battled together against the incompleteness and indeterminacy of quantum mechanics. Their dialogue inspired Schrodinger's famous thought-experiment about a cat in a box that is in a mixed state between life and death until it is observed. They struggled to find a unified field theory that would unite the forces of nature and supersede quantum weirdness. Sadly they would never find success and their efforts would lead to a fiasco.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Terrana on September 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful up-to-date knowledge regarding the Milky Way Galaxy. My twelve year old son did a summer reading report from the information in this book.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The pictures of planets are beautiful. It is interesting to read about places that I never went to before. Wow. I wish I could visit these planets and see what an alien looks like. I would like to see the volcanoes too.
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