From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-A lively look at Venus and the Magellan probe. The information is clearly presented, well illustrated, and eminently readable. Branley includes more information than either Seymour Simon (Morrow, 1992) or Gregory Vogt (Millbrook, 1994) in their introductions to the planet. While not quite as visually spectacular as the larger format Simon title, this one does include several of the same full-color photographs, as well as many others that are consistently good in quality and informative. A solid, up-to-date choice in a crowded field.Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 4-6. Branley focuses on the Magellan
space probe as the source of current data on the planet Venus. Beginning with Magellan
's launching in 1989, he briefly explains its orbit, instruments, and mission and then offers a lucid description of the planet's motions, features, makeup, structure, and significant similarities to and differences from Earth. Diagrams and photographs, most in full color, illustrate the text. When they appear, the captions are unusually complete, but not every photo is captioned. Appendixes include a list of American and Soviet spacecraft that have observed Venus, a fast-fact comparison chart of Earth and Venus, and a bibliography. Carolyn Phelan