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The Sun: Our Nearest Star (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out) Paperback – May 7, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition (May 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064452026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064452021
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-2-The third edition of this title pairs bright, computer-produced cartoon art with a basic discussion of the sun and its importance to life on this planet. The pictures and text work closely together to impart such information as how large, hot, and distant the sun is, and how its energy is stored, not only in the foods we eat, but also in the fossil fuels we use. However, as Branley concludes with a particularly poorly thought out sundial project, and neglects to recommend books or Web sites, or to warn readers about the dangers of gazing directly at the sun, Paulette Bourgeois's The Sun (Kids Can, 1997) and Allison Lassieur's The Sun (Children's, 2000) make preferable replacements for the older edition (1988).
John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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K-Gr.2. This edition marks the third incarnation of an old standby from the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. The gently edited text reads better than the old one. The new design features a larger format, bolder typography, and eye-catching artwork. In the stylized illustrations, created using digital software, Miller distills figures down to their essential forms and creates pleasing compositions that range from a dark, cold world without a sun, to a close-up picture of the sun that seems to blaze from the page. A handsome new edition of a library staple. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JoJo Circus on February 23, 2010
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I'm a big fan for the series (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out) and so far I had bought 40-50 books so I'm really surprised when I got this book. I'm truly disappointed as this book is by far the shortest of all (only 19 pages of story instead of the usual 26-28 pages). On top of that, the fonts are huge so it "fills up" the page without providing any significant material. The add insult to the injury, the text is only every other page, so you have this double-page spread of picture with very little text (feels like a picture book instead of Level 2 of this series).

I finished reading the book for my kids in 2 minutes. Usually it's about 8-15 minutes, with few titles are up to 20 min. Very unhappy with this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anyn on August 27, 2012
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The new versions of these books is a sad disappointment. The visuals are bright computer generated images and lack the quality feel of the older versions of these books. I am returning all of the new ones that I bought. They are not even published in the US anymore. Having visited a printing press and book binding facility some years ago and listening to workers express pride in their work and the ability to make a living and support their families, I am disappointed in large publishers outsourcing these jobs.

I will purchase the older versions and used copies of this series.
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This is a very educational book that is written in kid-friendly language. It got my third grade students engaged and interested in learning about the sun.
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By TAWANDA FERRELL on September 21, 2013
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I could not find this book anywhere. My son had a book report due. I found it on Amazon. My order arrived quickly and in great condition. Finished the report without stress.
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