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Neptune Paperback – May 23, 1997


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"A splendid introduction." -- --The Horn Book

"Interesting, informative, and attractive." -- --School Library Journal

About the Author

Seymour Simon is the author of over one hundred science books for children. His many award-winning books include Icebergs and Glaciers, a New York Academy of Sciences Children's Book Award winner, as well as Storms, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Mountains, and many books about the solar system. Mr. Simon is the recipient of the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for Nonfiction for the body of his work. He lives in Great Neck, New York.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1090L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 23, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688152775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688152772
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,042,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seymour Simon, whom the NY Times called "the dean of [children's science] writers," is the author of more than 250 highly acclaimed science books (many of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association). His free, educational children's app, SCIENCE FUN TO GO, debuted in the Top 10 of all free children's apps in the Amazon App store, and features in app purchase of original Seymour Simon eBooks, as well as a multitude of free content.

Seymour Simon uses his website, SeymourSimon.com, to provide free downloads of a wealth of materials for educators, homeschoolers and parents to use with his books, including 4-page Teacher Guides for all 26 of his Collins/Smithsonian photo essay books. The site provides multiple resources for kids writing book reports or wanting to explore the online Science Dictionary, and also features the Seymour Science blog highlighting current science news. Educators and families are encouraged to sign up to receive the monthly newsletter from SeymourSimon.com to stay abreast of the latest materials that Seymour Simon is introducing to enrich the reading experience.

He taught science and creative writing in elementary and secondary schools and was chair of the science department at a junior high school in the New York City public school system before leaving to become a full-time writer. "I haven't really given up teaching," he says, "and I suppose I never will, not as long as I keep writing and talking to kids around the country and the world."

Seymour Simon is also a creator and the author of a series of 3D books and a series of Glow-in-the-Dark Books for Scholastic Book Clubs, a series of leveled SEEMORE READERS for Chronicle Books, and the EINSTEIN ANDERSON, SCIENCE DETECTIVE series of fiction books. His books encourage children to enjoy the world around them through learning and discovery, and by making science fun. He has introduced tens of millions of children to a staggering array of subjects; one prominent science education specialist described Simon's books as "extraordinary examples of expository prose."

Seymour Simon has been honored with many awards for his work, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature; the New York State Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature; the Hope S. Dean Memorial Award from the Boston Public Library for his contribution to children's science literature; The Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for Non-fiction; the Jeremiah Ludington Award for his outstanding contribution to children's nonfiction; the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Forum on Children's Science Books.

In a recent interview Simon was asked if he ever thinks of retiring. "I seem to be working faster and harder than ever. I absolutely don't feel any urge to sit back and look at what I've done. The only things that I'm thinking about are things I'd like to do in the future. I'm planning and doing and continuing to write. It's what I love to do. I remember a story about an anthropologist going to talk to a tribe and he asked them what was their word for "work." Their response was they have no word for work. Everybody does the things that they do in their life. I love that response. I don't differentiate between work and play. Everything I do is something that I enjoy doing - the writing, the research and everything else."

Seymour Simon writes and photographs nature from his hilltop home in Columbia County in upstate New York. You can follow his daily nature walks and see his photographs from the field on Twitter (@seymoursimon) or on his Facebook group page. He also regularly hosts Q&As and sponsors book giveaways on GoodReads.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John R. Keller on May 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
In August 1989, the Voyager 2 spacecraft became the first and so far only spacecraft to visit and explore the planet Neptune. The author presents a brief, non-technical summary of the mission to Neptune and the findings from this mission. The book is loaded with many high quality photos of the planet, its rings, and its minor moons. The book also contains a good deal of information on Neptune's largest moon Triton. While this maybe a children's book, I feel that many adults would find it interesting as well.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Gorby on September 24, 2013
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The ~1,000-page Space Science Series book on Neptune and Triton goes for 120$ these days. I thought this might be a reasonable, lower-cost alternative. Well, it's about 20-30 pages long, and mostly pictures. I don't remember what I paid for it, but if it was more than 5$, then I really would have appreciated a simple way to get a page-count before I made my purchase decision.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Erickson on November 5, 2009
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Alas another kids book. Not very detailed for this amateur astronomer. Some of the pictures were good, maybe 3 or 4 star. No real detailed reference information. I have seen Neptune many times with my telescope and would like detailed information on the planet without PHD math. Big print to fill up pages so little is said. I did learn a few things but not a good reference book. This book is for grade school kids, parents showing nice pictures and reading to their kids or the very beginner in Astronomy. Will give this book to my nephew for his mom to read to him after I find a more detailed reference book on Neptune. Please Simon can you also write about the planets for grownups wanting more detailed information.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2000
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Neptune is a good book. Lots of info and great pictures.Simon has done it again!
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