From the Set Space Neighbors
A basic introduction to the planet Venus, its size, composition, and place within our solar system.
- Venus and the Solar System
- A Hard, Rocky Planet
- A Closer Look
- Weather and Water
- Exploring the Planet
- Further Information
A noteworthy review of Space Neighbors from Library Media Connection on October 1, 2011
Our solar system is an amazing place and this series will help readers learn more about it. All of the books are well planned and follow the same format with Fun Facts sprinkled throughout. Crisp, clear photos of planets, moons, spacecraft and telescopes, are the focal point of each page. Each book has a full-page view of our solar system, showing labeled planets and the sun, with facts about the book’s subject. Some vocabulary words are repeated in the books, making it easy to use only one book during a science unit or purchase only a few books in the series. Teachers and students will enjoy learning interesting facts about the planets, in addition to historical tidbits of how planets were discovered or named. These are beautiful books, both in visual appeal and content for young readers. Bibliography. Glossary. Websites. Table of Contents. Index.
A noteworthy review of Space Neighbors from Booklist on April 1, 2011
Books on the planets have been around for decades, but they are always in demand, both for school projects and for general interest. Part of the Space Neighbors series, which focuses on the planets, the dwarf planets, and the sun, this slim book is colorful, eye-catching, and well assembled. On each two-page spread, simple text on the left complements pictures and drawings featured on the right. Owens effectively uses imagery (for example, comparing the circumference of Venus to nearly ‘50 million baseball bats placed end to end’) to engage the reader. Topics include the planet’s rotation; its rocky surface, littered with craters; and how scientists have gathered information about the planet. Important terms are noted in bold and are defined in the book’s glossary. An index ensures that the information is easily accessible, while a brief list of additional resources (both print and online) makes further research a natural step. The author’s conversational tone will draw in even reluctant readers to learn more about our neighbor planet.