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Title:
Saturn
Author:
Landau, Elaine.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Summary:
Discusses what we know about the size, density, atmosphere, rings, and moons of Saturn, as well as what we may learn in the future.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.4 1.0 46797.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 9 3 Quiz: 19971 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780531203897
Format :
Book

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Space exploration is no longer new, but new discoveries are being made every day. This series explores those discoveries, revealing the latest scientific observations about our solar system, exploding myths using newfound data, chronicling the journeys of space pioneers, and detailing the methods scientists and astronomers use to map planets where no human has been before. As our knowledge of the universe expands with astronomical speed, Space provides a timely introduction to a popular intermediate-grade subject.


Author Notes

Elaine Landau Elaine Landau has received her Bachelor's in English and Journalism and her Master's in Library and Information Sciences. She has written over 185 books, most of them non-fiction children's books on subjects such as earth science, planets, the supernatural, dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, ecology and contemporary issues.

Landau's books have won the American Association for the Advancement of Science: "Science Books and Film" Best Children's Science Booklist, as well as The New York Public Library Books for the Teenage, the New Jersey Institute of Technology Award and VOYA's Nonfiction Honor List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-As scientists have recently discovered, it is not always necessary to send probes out into space to learn more about the solar system. Sometimes parts of the solar system come to us, with effects that range from pretty streaks in the night sky to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Though most meteorites have a cometary origin, in Asteroids, Bonar discusses the rocky debris that has taken up closer residence-not just between Mars and Jupiter but all over the inner system-debris that intersects Earth's orbit often enough to engender an international search and mapping effort (not to mention several disaster movies). Landau updates Saturn (Watts, 1991) with a report on observations gathered with the Hubble Space Telescope, plus a chapter on the construction and mission of the Cassini/Huygens probe, currently en route. Both surveys are profusely illustrated with color photos, attended by captions specifying computer manipulations and enhancements, and end with lists of books and Web sites. Bonar's book is flawed by oversimplifications ("Only 60 people have been struck by a meteorite in the last 3000 years." "The risk of dying from an asteroid impact is about the same as the risk of dying from a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or flood") and so makes a weak alternative to Seymour Simon's Comets, Meteors and Asteroids (Morrow, 1998); Landau's title is a surer bet, taking Larry Brimner's Saturn (Children's, 1999) to a higher level of detail.-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-- These attractive volumes offer much for report writers and browsers. Each begins with a brief overview of the discovery of the planet. With plenty of full-color and black-and-white photographs and paintings, the authors detail what we know, suspect, and hope to find out about Earth's close neighbor Venus and the mysterious ringed Saturn. Although these are called ``First Books,'' they are by no means as elementary as the planet series from Children's Press. There is much technical information presented, especially in Venus as Schloss discusses land formations and the complex instruments that made this data available. Libraries owning books on planets written before the 1980s will want to update their collections with these titles, which cover the Pioneer and Magellan spacecraft missions. While not as distinguished as Franklyn Branley's Saturn: The Spectacular Planet (HarperCollins, 1987), both offer solid texts in enticing packages. --Denia Lewis Hester, Dewey School, Evanston, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

1 A Trip to Saturn: After a long journey, why couldn't you find a nice place to land and rest?p. 7
2 Saturn in the Solar System: How long is one year on Saturn?p. 13
3 What Is Saturn Made Of?: How is Saturn like a piece of pie?p. 19
History of the Mystery: How were Saturn's rings discovered?p. 26
4 Icy Rings: What exactly is in those rings?p. 29
5 Many, Many Moons: How many moons can one planet have?p. 33
6 Missions to Saturn: What landed on one of Saturn's moons and why?p. 39
True Statisticsp. 43
Resourcesp. 44
Important Wordsp. 46
Indexp. 47
About the Authorp. 48