- Age Range: 8 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 5
- Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
- Series: Our Solar System
- Library Binding: 32 pages
- Publisher: Compass Point Books (January 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756501997
- ISBN-13: 978-0756501990
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.2 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,353,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mars (Our Solar System) Library Binding – January 1, 2002
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-3-Presenting specific information in simple language and large, bright photos or art, these outstanding starter volumes provide sturdy bases upon which to build a lifelong interest in matters extraterrestrial. Rau opens each one with a history of the planet's Earth-based observation; discusses in turn its orbit, structure, moons (if any), and space missions past and future; then closes with a fact summary, a bulleted set of additional notes, and generous lists, mostly annotated, of recent books, Web sites, and places to write or visit. The pictures are, with a few exceptions, enhanced-color composite photos, sometimes with superimposed labels or diagram lines, always with captions that reinforce points made in the main text. The level of detail is nicely calibrated to inform and fascinate readers without overwhelming them. For instance, the author names and profiles Jupiter's four "Galilean" moons but only mentions the fact that there are at least 12 others. Free of hyperbole and vague generalizations, these titles belong on any budding astronomer's reading list, between Joanna Cole's The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System (Scholastic, 1990) and Seymour Simon's titles on the individual planets (Morrow).
John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Dana Meachen Rau is an author, editor, and illustrator of children’s books. She has written more than 100 books for children, many of them nonfiction in subjects including astronomy, history, and geography, as well as numerous biographies. She lives in Burlington, Connecticut, with her husband and two children.