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What Makes Day and Night (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) Paperback – October 20, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 230L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition (October 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064450503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064450508
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ea. vol: rev. ed. photogs. (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Bks.). CIP. Crowell. Mar. 1986. PSm $11.25; PLB $11.89; Trophy pap. $3.70. G r 2-3What Makes Day and Night is an enormous improvement over the 1961 edition: less repetitive, much clearer in presentation and more specific about physical phenomena. However, brevity causes some of the explanations to be oversimplified, and some further explanations may be necessary. The illustrations are better, featuring clear, colorful and sometimes mildly silly scenes that add some playfulness. The simple science experiment remains from the old edition, and Branley has included a new discussion of day and night on the moon, as well as a photo of our planet taken from space. Gail Gibbons' Sun Up, Sun Down (HBJ, 1983) is a broader, shallower treatment. Use the new revision of the 1963 edition of The Moon and What It's Like to replace the old edition or to supplement more general titles. It reports on the Apollo program and its findings. Instances of stridency ("The Moon is a dead world. It has never had living things on it. It is dead, lifeless and colorless") and oversimplification ("There is no water anywhere on the Moon"probable but not proven) aside, this is a good first introduction to the subject, neither too technical nor diluted to blandness. The illustrations combine a few unimpressive photos (they're poorly exposed, or not well reproduced, or both) with a new set of simple, clear, uncluttered drawings, including a map showing the Apollo landing sites. As with other books in the series, Branley avoids superficiality by severely limiting his topic. John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Franklyn M. Branley is one of the co-founders of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series and the author of close to 150 popular books about scientific topics for young readers of all ages. He is Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium.

Dr. Branley lives in Sag Harbor, New York.



Arthur Dorros views being a writer like being a traveling detective. He finds ideas all around. He learned Spanish while living in Latin America, and many of his stories, such as Abuelo, grow from those experiences. Arthur is the author of many books for children, including Julio's Magic, a CLASP Américas Award Commended Title; Papá and Me, a Pura Belpré Honor Book; and the popular Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book Ant Cities. He lives in Seattle, Washington.


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Franklyn Branley was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planeterium. In 1960, he originated the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, dedicated to explaining science to young children and encouraging them to explore their world. Dr. Branley is the author of over 150 science books for children.

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I bought this book for my grandson who just started second grade.
P. E. Gelston
This book does a wonderful job explaining the earths rotation and the day and night concept.
M. FB Smith
If your child is interested in science, they will enjoy this book.
Merry Tomfoolery

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Merry Tomfoolery on January 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
If your child is interested in science, they will enjoy this book. It combines colorful drawings with actual photographs to explane the earth's rotation in a simple, understandable way. It is also a part of the Harcourt reading series for second grade, and a wonderful addition to your home library.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
My five-year-old grandson likes this book and my two-year old granddaughter looks along. Answers some of his gazillion questions in a manageable way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Reader on July 1, 2008
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The concept of day and night is discussed in grades 2 and 3. This book is a great supplemental text to help increase children's understanding of this concept. Great text and pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on December 3, 2012
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Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me as his non-fiction reader.

This book is still in print but has been completely revised and is not the same as the old edition we have here. A simple, easy-to-read introduction to the earth's shape and how it revolves to create night and day, sunsets and sunrises. An experiment with a lamp is used to further illustrate the process. This book was fairly easy for ds to read and gave him a chance to practice reading using a conversational voice. He also knew the information and it caused him to initiate dialogue to expand upon the basic observations and impart his own knowledge. I love this series of books; they are excellent easy readers in the science field and Branley is a good, interesting writer of non-fiction material. Branley was the originator of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. FB Smith on January 27, 2010
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I really like the "Let's Read and Find out Science 2" series. These are great science books for elementary school and they are perfect for my first grader. They use familiar examples to introduce basic scientific concepts in a simple but fun way. They are interesting for both kids and adults. I have found them to be a valuable tool to teach these concepts to my kids.

This book does a wonderful job explaining the earths rotation and the day and night concept.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elvira Quiles Giovannetti on January 8, 2010
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Very good book explaining in a very child friendly language the day and night concept. My niece (5 yrs old) loved it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. E. Gelston on October 3, 2008
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I bought this book for my grandson who just started second grade. He said science was his least favorite subject. He was reading the book by himself when I visited. He loves to read and he likes the book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph G. Donnelly on July 11, 2012
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While I agree about the clarity and coverage cited by the other reviewers, I take issue with the book's age recommendation of "5 and over". My grandson is 7 and finds this book much to basic. It was still nice, but I think the age recommendation should be 4-6 in my opinion.
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