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Our Home Planet: Earth
This title covers these subjects: Earth., Solar system., Planets.
Our Home Planet: Earth
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Our Home Planet: Earth

by Nancy Loewen
Illustrated by Jeffrey Yesh

Earth is the only planet known to support life. It has plenty of water, it's the right temperature, and it has a blanket of gases to protect it. Explore your own home planet in this book about Earth.

Reading LevelGrades K-4
Interest LevelGrades K-4
Lexile LevelIG660L
ATOS Level4.4
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #120227
Text TypeInformational Text
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 Earth as a “beautiful marble” seen from outer space, with an abundance of water and life-supporting temperatures. Through both pictures and text, the book explains Earth’s blanket of gases, the tilt of its axis, and its changing surface, erupting volcanoes, and shifting plates. Kids will learn that our moon orbits Earth, kept in place by gravity, while the moon’s gravity causes the Earth’s ocean tides. Suggesting flat acrylic paintings, Yesh’s illustrations are actually created with digital media. Though not realistic in style, their brilliant colors on dark backgrounds make them eye-catching, often glowing, as in a depiction of a father and daughter viewing a full moon and planets from their backyard. Loewen provides directions for a simple science/art project that involves making a circular collage from photos of colorful life on Earth, then mounting it on dark blue paper. Included are a glossary, a short bibliography of children’s books about the planet, and a few more Earth facts, such as that we experience both solar and lunar eclipses. 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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