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Brightest in the Sky: The Planet Venus
This title covers these subjects: Venus (Planet)., Solar system., Planets.
Brightest in the Sky: The Planet Venus
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Brightest in the Sky: The Planet Venus

by Nancy Loewen
Illustrated by Jeffrey Yesh

Not only is Venus the hottest planet in the solar system, it's also one of the brightest, most enchanting objects in the sky. Explore Earth's closest neighbor in this book about Venus.

Reading LevelGrades K-4
Interest LevelGrades K-4
Lexile LevelIG780L
ATOS Level4.1
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #120222
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count24
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



Book Links - Jeanette Larson, independent children's literature consultant and an adjunct pro

"Our closest neighboring planet glows brightly and is often seen as both morning and evening “star.” The visual appeal of this brightly illustrated Amazing Science title, while not realistic, does match the brilliance of Venus, and the book’s brief text and bits of interesting information are age appropriate." - Book Links

March 29, 2009

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database - Barbara L. Talcroft

"With its large square pages and poster-bright pictures, the “Amazing Science: Planet” series is designed to have maximum visual appeal for young space explorers. It largely succeeds, presenting quite a bit of information about each planet in nine double-page spreads (liberally sprinkled with “Fun Facts” boxes) that show sizes, composition, surfaces, orbits, rotations, and something about each planet’s exploration. Readers are introduced to Venus through its exceptional brightness and its appearances as both morning and evening stars. Through both pictures and text, the book explains Venus’s blazing temperatures, its thick layer of gases, and its thousands of volcanoes. While this hottest planet is about the size of Earth, readers will learn that it has a very long day (equal to 243 Earth days) and, like Uranus, rotates clockwise. Suggesting flat acrylic paintings, Yesh’s illustrations are actually created through digital media. Though not realistic in style, their brilliant colors on dark backgrounds make them eye-catching, often glowing, and sometimes action-filled, as in a depiction of a Venus volcano erupting. Loewen provides instructions for a simple science project that uses two jars and heat from the sun to demonstrate how hot gases are trapped on Venus. Included are a glossary, a short bibliography of children’s books about the planet, and a few more facts about Venus, such as that it has phases much like our moon. This lively series should be fun for budding astronomers; who knows, it might inspire some planetary poetry or astronomical art." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

January 1, 2008

Nancy Loewen

Nancy Loewen

Nancy Loewen writes fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Recent awards include: 2012 Minnesota Book Awards finalist (The LAST Day of Kindergarten); 2011 Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year (Share a Scare: Writing Your Own Scary Story); 2011 Book of Note, Tri-State Young Adult Review Committee (Stubborn as a Mule and Other Silly Similes); and 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer's Toolbox Series). She's also received awards from The American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Society of School Librarians International. Nancy holds an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University, St. Paul. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two teenage children.

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