The Planets in Our Solar System
Franklyn M. and Kevin O'Malley.
(Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)
Publisher: HarperTrophy; (May 31, 1998)
This simple text by Franklyn M. Branely introduces the nine planets in
our solar system and is complemented by Kevin O'Malley's full-color illustrations,
which incorporate some of the newest space photographs available. Kevin
OMalleys often humorous illustrations depict a group of children and an
astronomer as they learn all about our solar system. Included are many hands-on
Free Press (November 5, 2003)
Harvard-trained astronomer, Ken Croswell thoroughly explores the science,
the culture, and the romance of the red planet and presents with insightful
prose and astonishing images, the red planet's full glory, showing volcanoes
taller than Mount Everest, spiral-shaped polar caps of ice, and a canyon
system that could stretch from Ohio to California. Here is a concise synthesis
of the latest research on Mars, accompanied with the very best full-color
images from Viking, Pathfinder, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, and
other spacecraft. Highlights include a foldout panorama of the Martian surface;
a rainbow-colored topographic map; and a sequence showing a full rotation
of Mars, courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope.
lyrical prose, Dr. Croswell weaves these stupendous images into a virtual
tour of Mars by organizing them around the four elements -- Earth, Air,
Fire, and Water. From the northern plains of Vastitas Borealis to the towering
Olympus Mons and other volcanoes of the Tharsis bulge, we explore the red
planet's geology, topography, and surface. From the frigid climate to the
massive dust storms that can engulf the entire globe, we examine the thin
Martian atmosphere and the clues it preserves to the planet's wetter past.
And, from the flood channels that spill into Chryse Planitia to the vast
potential lakebed of ancient Hellas, we see stunning images of ancient rivers
and floods, triggering speculation that a warm, wet Mars may have given
rise to life that survives to this day. The tour concludes with a voyage
to the planet's two potato-shaped moons, Phobos and Deimos, complete with
rainbow-colored topographic maps. Unique color-coded tables on Mars, its
atmosphere, its life history, its moons, and NASA missions to the planets
appear in a useful reference section, along with a glossary and suggestions
for further reading.
With its large format, superb images, and compelling text, Magnificent
Mars is the next best thing to standing on the red planet itself. In future
years NASA will launch numerous missions to Mars, and Magnificent Mars is
the definitive guide to what these spacecraft will see.
Mars: The Red Planet
Patricia and Stephen Marchesi.
(All Aboard Reading Level 3)
Grosset & Dunlap (October 1, 1998.)
Set your radar for the fourth planet from the sun! This easy-to-read science
book covers it all-from little green men to the most recent discoveries
made by long-distance space travelers, Pathfinder and Sojourner!
The Planet Hunters: The Search for Other Worlds
Fradin, Dennis Brindell
Margaret K. McElderry; 1st ed edition (October 1, 1997)
In this lively account, Fradin incorporates some new material as he brings
the exciting, often disputatious history of the search for other planets
up-to-date. Drawing clear connections between, for instance, the observations
of the ancients as refined by Tycho Brahe, the last of the great naked-eye
astronomers, and the work of Johannes Kepler and later searchers, the author
also shows how doctrine, disinterest, and concern for professional reputations
often delayed discoveries or led the search astray. He brings his story
into the 20th century by interviewing Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of
Pluto. Fradin reports on newly discovered planets orbiting distant pulsars
that Dr. Alex Wolszczan and others have detected, and closes with a discussion
of the pros and cons of a 10th planet in our own solar system.
- John Peters, New York Public Library.
Copyright © 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Holiday House; Reprint edition (September 1, 1994)
uses brief declarative sentences to describe the sun and each planet of
the solar system in succession, introducing concepts such as a day, a year,
orbit, and rotation. Her paintings sometimes tread the edge of oversimplicity;
in a demonstration of day and night, there is almost no contrast between
the planet's light and dark sides, and though she mentions in the text that
Pluto is currently closer to the sun than Neptune, their orbits do not cross
in the illustrations. Still, the bright colors, simplified shapes, and spacious,
uncomplicated page design make this an inviting gateway to the subject.
The book closes with an introduction to astronomy, creating a natural transition
to the author's Stargazers (Holiday, 1992).
-John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright © 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
I didn't know that the Sun is a Star
Copper Beech Books, Brookfield, Connecticut. 1997.
A book full of amazing facts, projects and hands-on fun.
To Space and Back
HarperCollins; 1st ed edition (October 10, 1986)
From the alarm clock ringing at 3:15 a.m. on launch day to getting used
to gravity again after returning to Earth, Sally Ride takes readers on a
trip in a space shuttle. This oversized book has plenty of clear, full-color
photos that follow and supplement the text and bring to life the shuttle
flight. Ride's zest for the adventure comes through clearly, making this
a book that can be read aloud to young children, please an adult, or inspire
anyone in between.
-Margaret L. Chatham, formerly at Smithtown Library, N.Y.
Copyright © 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Exploring Our Solar System
Ride, Sally and Tam O'Shaughnessy.
Crown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (November, 2003)
this copiously illustrated volume, astronaut Ride and educator O'Shaughnessy
offer a thrilling introduction to our solar system. Although our neighboring
planets were "formed at about the same time and from about the same stuff,"
the authors write, "they are nine very different worlds." Each chapter takes
readers on a planetary tour. The section on Earth includes a time line and
theories of the evolution of life on our planet. The authors explain facts
in simple, straightforward language that doesn't condescend to a young audience,
and the visuals include exciting images from space, charts that contrast
the planets' properties, and artists' renderings of unattainable space views
and imagined explorations. Throughout, the authors successfully put the
planets in wider context, as in the section "Venus, Earth and Mars--Why
They Are So Different." Useful appended charts, including a full listing
of all space flights, add to the appeal. Visually arresting and clearly
presented, this is an obvious choice for both public and school libraries.
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights
Earth: Our Planet in Space
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; Revised edition (September 1, 2003)
This intimate and beautiful study of Earth investigates the relationship
between our planet, the sun, and the moon. Why are there seasons on Earth?
How does day pass into night? What protects the Earth from the sun's intense
heat? Why is the surface of the Earth constantly changing? The informative
text reveals how Earth's unique position in relation to the sun makes it
the only planet where life is possible. The stunning full-color photographs
will mesmerize young readers about the mysteries of space.
Our Solar System
HarperCollins (September 21, 1992)
worked his way through individual volumes on the Sun and its galactic companions,
Simon now offers a brief overview of the solar system itself. The full-color
photographs and illustrations are spectacular. Each of the planets gets
several pages of coverage, with comets, meteors, and asteroids also receiving
attention. This book serves best as an introduction to the single topic
books since the information presented here is quite brief. The endpapers
have a nicely organized chart of useful statistics such as diameter, rotation
period, revolution period, etc., for each planet. Not sufficient in itself
for most report needs, this title's eye-catching illustrations and understandable
text should encourage young readers to look for further information.
-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
Copyright © 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc
Planets Around the Sun - Level 1
Seastar Books (April 1, 2002)
With brief, accessible text, engaging topics and a perforated page of collectible
cards, Seymour Simon's See More Reader series will rope in even the most reluctant
Copyright © 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc
The Smithsonian Book of Mars
(Smithsonian Library of the Solar System)
Smithsonian Books (March 1, 2003)
Boyce draws his clear explanations of Mars's atmosphere, climate, surface,
and interior from the monumental findings of the different NASA missions.
Beginning with Mariner 4 in 1965 and continuing through the 2001 Mars Odyssey
probe, each spacecraft sent to Mars yielded fascinating new discoveries
(how did those "canals" come to be?) and occasionally overturned earlier
findings--especially when trying to answer NASA's ultimate question, "Are
we alone?" The search for life on Mars seemed to be over after the 1976
Viking mission, but in 1997 scientists announced that they had found possible
traces of ancient life in the ALH84001 Martian Meteorite, sparking furious
debates in scientific journals. That controversy is precisely why Boyce
finds Mars so endlessly fascinating--you just never know.
Boyce closes the book with a look at the bright future for additional Mars
exploration and outlines the requirements for a manned mission. He spent
many hours scouring the NASA archives and has included only the best pictures.
Movies and More
Fantastic Field Trip to the Planets
Run Time: 70 minutes
A song and dance adventure featuring Jake who takes off on an adventure
through space with the help of 9 friendly planets. The catchy music will
help viewers to remember the planets.
Magic School Bus - Space Adventures
Atlantic / Wea
Run Time: 82 minutes
A movie in the familiar series about Mrs. Frizzle and her class as they
are off on another adventure. This time, they are visiting space in three
and Doug Solar System 48pc Floor Puzzle
24" x 36"
Large floor puzzle for all ages displaying the solar system, including
the sun, all of the planets and their moons. Fun for the whole family.
Carson Dellosa Solar System Poster
4 charts (17in. x 24in. each)
assemble 4 individual posters together to create a panoramic view of our
solar system Age 9+Yrs
Milton's Star Theater #2
The closest thing to being in a real planetarium. Hundreds of stars and
constellations are projected on your ceiling and walls while you listen
to an exciting audio CD tour of the night sky. Control comets and meteors
in your display. The whole family can enjoy this together. Ages 6 and up
- some adult assistance needed