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Me and my place in space
Sweeney, Joan, 1930-2017.
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Publication Information:
New York : Crown Publishers, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A child describes how the earth, sun, and planets are part of our solar system, which is just one small part of the universe.
Reading Level:
570 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 49255.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.9 1 Quiz: 21329 Guided reading level: L.
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QB501.3 .S94 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB501.3 .S94 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB501.3 .S94 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction STEM

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Where is the earth? Where is the sun? Where are the stars? Me and My Place in Space takes on the simplest questions about the universe and gives answers that young children can easily understand. Using clear language, drawings, and diagrams, space unfolds before a child's eyes. With our world as the starting point, we are taken on a tour past each planet and on to the stars--all through the eyes of a young girl. Colorful illustrations, filled with fun and detail, give children a lot to look for on every page. A glossary, included for further information, helps to provide an enjoyable, easy-to-read, and easy-to-use introduction to the universe.  

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-The creators of Me on the Map (Crown, 1996) trump Robin Hirst's My Place in Space (Orchard, 1990) by adding a tour of the solar system to their young narrator's cheery recitation of her place in the universe. Donning an imaginary space suit and dashing off childlike crayon drawings as she goes, the russet-haired tour guide takes viewers past the Moon, Sun, and each planet, then out to the Milky Way and beyond. At each stop, she furnishes a digestible fact or two (Venus's "gleaming cloud cover makes it the brightest planet of them all"). Finally, she returns to her room to wonder, "Way out in space, is there another...planet like Earth? With another someone like me? Could be." Cable fills the spaces behind and around the crayon art with soft-focus views of a well-furnished playroom or unobtrusive star fields. Pair this upward-facing journey with Steve Jenkins's Looking Down (Ticknor & Fields, 1995) to give young children a clearer idea of the universe's size and structure, as well as their own places in the physical scheme of things.-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.