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Our Solar System Hardcover – September 21, 1992
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Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.
Top Customer Reviews
Most importantly it is a book he wants to read. The photographs are excellent, and there is more than enough information for him at this stage in development. It is a perfect "Show and Tell" item to bring into the class, with the added bonus that it has a hard binding.
His five year old sister is also very taken with the drawings of the solar system and the planets and moons. It is a book guaranteed to attract the interest of any child.
The photographs in the book are large and stunning. They are spectacular. Children are drawn to the book because it is so beautiful.
We bought this book for our 2 1/2 year old for Christmas, along with a set of plastic planets. Within weeks, she could name every planet. Further, she could tell us which planets are bigger than earth, which planets are smaller than earth, which planets have rings (and how many rings each of those planets has), how many moons each planet has (and which planets have no moons), why Mercury's surface has so many craters, which planets are hot, which planets are cold, etc., etc.
In short, this book is beautiful and informative. It is very well done! It is a fantastic introduction to our solar system. We are looking forward to reading more books by Seymour Simon!!!!!!!
The photographs are stunning and plentiful, as in a coffee-table book. Nearly every other page features a full-page photograph. The text is readable. The sentences are short and clearly-written, but they're not dumbed down in any way. There are many full pages of text, but all are double-spaced and there is abundant white space around the text, so it's not so dense as to scare off early readers. Everything about the book is child-friendly, but it's not a cute or silly kid's book in any way. I think most adults would find plenty to learn from the text and would appreciate the fact that one doesn't need an astrophysics degree to understand it.
One important note -- it's updated. Pluto no longer gets star billing. Pluto is mentioned as a dwarf or smaller planet, along with Ceres and Eris.
Overall, I highly recommend this book, and I would not hesitate to consider any other collaboration between author Seymour Simon and the Smithsonian Institution.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book to my students and we loved it. The pictures were fantastic! We all learned a lot.Published 3 months ago by Natalie Williamson
Love the book. My son enjoys the bright colors and big pages.Published 7 months ago by Alicia Cutler
Bought this for my son as one of his book report at school. He finds this book very easy to read and understand the concept.Published 10 months ago by kgaad C.
My 8 year old who is fascinated with space LOVED this, even the 5 year old likes it as it has tons of pictures and facts. Read morePublished 22 months ago by G