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The solar system
Kerrod, Robin.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
Austin, TX : Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 2002.
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
Introduces the solar system, its planets, moons, asteroids, and comets, and its exploration.
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QB501.3 .K53 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Recent discoveries and ongoing research make outer space a timely topic. Here readers gain an introduction to astronomy and learn about the latest progress in our efforts to unravel the mysteries of the universe. Full-color photos and diagrams make scientific terms and theories accessible.

Author Notes

Robin Kerrod is a Fellow of Britain's Royal Astronomical Society. He is author of several books and a CD-ROM for amateur astronomers, and is publisher of sky charts used in many schools.

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. In 10 volumes in the new Planet Library series, British astronomer Kerrod takes children on an illustrated tour of our space neighborhood, discussing the solar system, the sun, the moon, and other heavenly bodies. The Solar System begins with the formation of the Sun, the planets, their moons, and the asteroid belt. The sections that follow map and discuss the system itself. The concluding sections discuss the exploration of the solar system, the evidence for other planets orbiting stars, and the search for extraterrestrial life. Jupiter focuses on the largest planet: its formation, makeup, atmosphere, Great Red Spot, magnetism, gravity, moons, and the history of space probes that have gathered information about it. Each volume concludes with a glossary and an index. Many colorful photographs, diagrams, and artists' conceptions of scenes in the solar system appear throughout these large-format books. Check the Series Roundup for other titles currently available in this useful series. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Readable texts, good illustrations, and eye-catching page layouts contribute to the appeal of these attractive titles. In the first book, Kerrod discusses the Moon's origin and physical description, its orbit and phases, its effect on tides, its craters, eclipses, and its exploration, with an emphasis on the Apollo missions. There are also good-quality maps of the Moon's surface. Seymour Simon's Moon (Four Winds, 1984; o.p.) is not as detailed, but its text is more unified and moves more smoothly from start to finish. The second book covers the origin of our solar system, the types of planets and other celestial objects, their orbits, the difference between planets and stars, gas giants and terrestrial planets, the exploration of the solar system, and the possibility of other solar systems and the search for extraterrestrial life. Both books feature charts with factual data and helpful diagrams. These flashy, up-to-date titles will serve as excellent starting points for astronomy reports.-Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.