Pluto: A Dwarf Planet (Early Bird Astronomy)

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Blast off on a space adventure in this exciting 18-book series. Full-color photographs from NASA allow students to experience the beauty of each planet and the sun. A solar system diagram helps readers visualize the planet's place in space. This series explores and supports the standard "The Physical Setting: The Universe," as required by Benchmarks for Science Literacy: Project 2061.

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Gregory L. Vogt began his professional career as a science teacher. He later joined NASA's education programs, teaching students and teachers about space exploration. He works in outreach programs for the Kennedy Space Center. He is also the principal investigator for an educational grant with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Vogt has written more than seventy science books for children.

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Grade 3-4-Brief but meaty introductions to the outer planets, combining seldom-seen color photos with single-page "chapters" of text. Though sometimes oversimplified, the information is a lively mix of basic facts, nonstandard background material, and recent discoveries about each planet's rings, atmosphere, physical features, and selected moons. Special terms are defined in appended glossaries, and generally in context, too; sizes, revolution and rotation periods, and distances are given both in the narrative and in accompanying charts. Each volume closes with an easily reproduced science demonstration, plus two-to-four-item lists of books, addresses, and Web sites. Though the photos have a cramped, over-enlarged look-probably due to the books' small trim size-such shots as a radiophotograph of Jupiter showing its massive magnetic fields and Hubble Space Telescope views of Pluto before and after computer enhancement will grab the attention of young space enthusiasts. Consider these above-average titles as alternatives-or better yet, companions-to equivalent volumes of "True Book" series updates (Children's).
John Peters, New York
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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