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The Sun
The Sun
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The Sun

What is the Sun like, and could we ever visit there? Taking the form of an imaginary trip, this book explores the science and history of the Sun, looking at recent studies and possibilities for the future.

Age Level8-11 Years
Reading LevelGrades 3-6
Trim Size0 x 0
Page Count48



The Planetary Society blog - Emily Lakdawalla

"For ages 8-10: The Astronaut Travel Guides series includes eight 48-page titles by five authors: The Sun, Mercury and Venus, Earth, The Moon, Mars, Jupiter and the Outer Planets, Stars and Galaxies, and Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors. The last one was written by none other than Stuart Atkinson, an occasional guest blogger here. In keeping with the series' title, the books are partially written in the second person and treat their subjects as though you, the reader, were planning a visit. It makes the text much more engaging than many fact-filled nonfiction books I've seen. The Earth book is particularly good, a thorough introduction to Earth science for younger readers. Interspersed with fact-filled sections are interviews with people working in space careers, like rover driver Scott Maxwell in the Mars book and astronaut Paolo Nespoli in the Earth one. My only problem with the series is that the photo selection is not particularly good, including lots of outdated visualizations. But the text makes up for that, and this is one series I'm keeping on my daughters' bookshelf. -- Emily Lakdawalla The Planetary Society blog 12/10/2012" - The Planetary Society blog

December 10, 2012

School Library Journal - Grace Oliff

"This series takes readers on an imaginary trip through the universe. Nicely paced conversational texts deliver full descriptions about "What’s Out There?" and instructions for how to prepare for the journey, including how to train and what to bring. The history of previous exploratory ventures is detailed, and information about what space scientists hope to discover in the future is covered. Sidebars providing interesting facts and profiles are sprinkled liberally throughout, and clear photographs and illustrations enhance every page. Interviews with a variety of astronauts, scientists, etc. are also included. Each book concludes with a map of the solar system, a "Fact File" page, a "Find Out More" section, and other back matter. These volumes truly capture the excitement and adventure of space travel and will attract both browsers and report writers. -- Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ School Library Journal, "Series Made Simple" 11/1/2012" - School Library Journal

November 1, 2012

Nick Hunter

Nick Hunter

Nick Hunter has written many non-fiction books for children. He has a degree in Modern History and specializes in writing about history and social studies.

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