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Nearest to the Sun: The Planet Mercury
This title covers these subjects: Solar system., Mercury (Planet)., Planets.
Nearest to the Sun: The Planet Mercury
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Nearest to the Sun: The Planet Mercury

by Nancy Loewen
Illustrated by Jeffrey Yesh

Mercury is the smallest planet, but it has the biggest craters, the biggest temperature swings, and the biggest sunrises in the solar system. Explore the planet's many wonders in this book about Mercury.

Reading LevelGrades K-4
Interest LevelGrades K-4
Lexile LevelIG790L
ATOS Level4.4
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #120225
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Dimensions10" x 10"
Page Count24
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $29.32 School/Library Price

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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 Mercury through an imaginary sunrise on that planet. The sunrise is very erratic because it is so close to the sun. Through both pictures and text, the book explains Mercury’s slow rotation and fast orbit, its extraordinary range of temperatures, and its deeply cratered surface. While this smallest planet is hard to observe because of its position, kids will learn that one spacecraft flew by it in the 1970s and a new one, MESSENGER, is scheduled to orbit it in 2011. 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 Mercury’s huge Caloris Basin being formed. Loewen provides directions for a simple science project that involves making craters by using a rubber ball and trays of sand or flour. Included are a glossary, a short bibliography of children’s books about the planet, and a few more facts about Mercury, such as that it does not have any moons. This lively series should be fun for budding astronomers; who knows, it might even 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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