The Solar System

Bibliographic Information: Vogt, G. (2003). The solar system. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

Brief Annotation: A nonfiction book describing the major bodies in the solar system, accompanied by color images.

Genre: Nonfiction: Science (Astronomy)

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this: Readers who are interested in space; readers who like nonfiction books.

Rating/Response: 3; I enjoy astronomy books, and always have, but I found this one to be mediocre. I have seen much better pictures of space in other books. The text was acceptable, but occasionally seemed a little dry, even for a young reader’s nonfiction book. Finally, the book just made me sad, because at the time it was written, Pluto was still a planet. Thus, the book is now both obsolete and depressing.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: If you were traveling in space, what would you see?

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