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Farthest from the Sun: The Planet Neptune
This title covers these subjects: Solar system., Planets., Neptune (Planet).
Farthest from the Sun: The Planet Neptune
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Farthest from the Sun: The Planet Neptune

by Nancy Loewen
Illustrated by Jeffrey Yesh

Don't bother searching the night sky for Neptune without a telescope. It's the only planet that can't be seen with the naked eye. Explore the planet farthest from the sun in this book about Neptune.

Reading LevelGrades K-4
Interest LevelGrades K-4
Lexile LevelIG850L
ATOS Level4.5
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #120224
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count24
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



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 Neptune through its discovery, when scientists used math to predict its position. Pictures and text explain remote Neptune’s huge size and icy temperatures, its fiery core, and a year that’s nearly 165 Earth-years long. Kids will learn that scientists are especially interested in watching Triton, Neptune’s largest moon, which has geyser-like eruptions and orbits in the opposite direction to the twelve others, because it may one day break apart or crash. Suggesting flat acrylic paintings, Yesh’s illustrations are actually created using 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 Neptune’s moons racing in different directions. Loewen suggests a simple science project to demonstrate the effects of surface atmosphere on the apparent brightness of a planet. Includes a glossary, a short bibliography of children’s books about the planet, and a few more Neptune facts, such as that Voyager 2 photographed a dark spot on Neptune that has since disappeared. This lively series should be fun for budding astronomers; who knows, it might also 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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