EXPLORING THE SOLAR SYSTEM by Mary Kay Carson
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EXPLORING THE SOLAR SYSTEM

A History with 22 Activities
Age Range: 11 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

Combining specific but not heavily technical descriptions with plenty of bright, sharply reproduced color photos, this outstanding up-to-the-minute-and-beyond account of our ages-old study of the solar system will sweep readers up in the wonder and excitement of each new discovery. Writing with Joy Hakim–like vigor—“Copernicus decided that Ptolemy’s system was too ridiculously complicated to be true”—Carson opens with ancient views of the heavens’ five “wandering stars.” She closes with a quick-facts “Field Guide to the Solar System” and in between follows the development of early modern astronomy, traces the international space effort decade by decade and finally looks to upcoming space missions planned for the next decade or so. She also introduces scientists of the past and present (asking many of the latter what first sparked their interest in space), and offers nearly two dozen inexpensive projects or activities. By far the most complete, current and evenhanded look at the space program’s successes and failures for younger audiences, this meaty, compelling invitation to explore the high frontier will soar off shelves. (multimedia resource lists, index) (Nonfiction. 11-13)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-55652-593-1
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Chicago Review
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2006




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