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Dyer, A. (Alan)
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Publication Information:
Pleasantville, N.Y. : Reader's Digest Children's Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 35 cm.
Examines the nature of outer space, our solar system, and our universe, including descriptions of the sun, moon, and planets, as well as constellations, nebulas and black holes.
General Note:
"A Weldon Owen production"--P. [2].

Includes index.
Reading Level:
IG 940 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.9 6 Quiz: 25395 Guided reading level: X.

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QB500.22 .D94 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB500.22 .D94 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB500.22 .D94 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB500.22 .D94 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB500.22 .D94 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Oversize

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With state-of-the-art illustrations that reveal the anatomy of a supernova, provide a glimpse of the inner workings of a comet, and probe the surface terrain of Mars, "Space" is a young explorer's guide to every aspect of the universe.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Dramatic covers are eye-grabbers in this series from Down Under, ranging from a high-tech astronaut to a toothy Tyrannosaur, a marine green turtle, and a gilded pharaoh. The rest of the abundant color illustrations (by a variety of artists) are equally inviting, and they are complemented here and there by small photographs and maps. In following the all-too-familiar two-page-chapter format, the texts are limited to blocks of paragraphs, with more specific information deployed in the many captions paired with the realistic illustrations. General topics are explored first in the "introduction" segments (e.g., "Objects in Space"), segueing into the "in focus" sections (which in Space consist of the components of our solar system and some specific stellar objects). In Dinosaurs, the initial look is at dino-eras and dino-life, with the "focus" half homing in on specific species (all popular ones). Entries in the indexes may lead only to uncaptioned illustrations. Differing greatly from DK's popular "Eyewitness" series in their reliance on artwork instead of photography and with a "smoother" visual feel, these books are also on a somewhat simpler reading level. More informative than "The Best Book of" series (Kingfisher), these titles are pleasing, updated looks at topics popular in most curricula, and often sought by kids for their own pleasure.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

In the Beginning
Our Place in Spacep. 8
It Started with a Big Bangp. 10
Objects in Space
Inside the Solar Systemp. 12
Comparing the Planetsp. 14
Snowballs in Spacep. 16
Stars and Nebulasp. 18
A Universe of Galaxiesp. 20
Into the Unknown
Constellationsp. 22
Gazing into Spacep. 24
Exploring Spacep. 26
Venturing into Spacep. 28
The International Space Stationp. 30
Braving the Void: Spacesuitp. 32
The Solar System
Engine of the System: The Sunp. 36
The Closest In: Mercuryp. 38
The Evening Star: Venusp. 39
Earth and Its Moonp. 40
Mars the Red Planetp. 42
A Giant of Gas: Jupiterp. 44
Lord of the Rings: Saturnp. 46
The Sideways Planet: Uranusp. 48
The Smallest Giant: Neptunep. 49
Pluto and Beyondp. 50
Stars and Galaxies
Pillars of Creation: Eagle Nebulap. 52
Our Galaxy the Milky Wayp. 54
Anatomy of Supernova 1987Ap. 56
Into a Black Hole: Cygnus X-1p. 58
Our Amazing Universep. 60
Glossaryp. 62
Indexp. 64