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Friday 22 May 2020

Review: The Solar System

For children and older readers who are interested in learning about the Planets, The Solar System is part of a brilliant collection of books in the Build it Yourself series. 

Educational and highly informative, it is not a journey through Space alone, but an exercise in the language that accompanies the Planets and their activity.

Made up of seven chapters, each one is introduced by two children commenting on the subject within comic strip blocks.
This immediately removes any formality that might be connected to the subject. Impressive layouts complement the detailed content.

Chapters are identically designed. The Words to Know strip lists the words and definitions pertinent to that chapter and offers activities to design and test. Did You Know snippets arrive in circles, and historical fact boxes are scattered throughout the book to stimulate children’s minds and add knowledge and vocabulary, making what they have learnt more memorable.

Opening with a Solar System Map and followed by a Timeline beginning from the Big Bang, and an Introduction to Our Solar System, the following chapters are visually, as well as mentally stimulating.

Chapters include The Big Bang and the Birth of Stars, Meet the Planets, Beyond Planets and Stars, From Ancient Astronomy to Telescopes, Sending Spacecraft to Space, and Future Space Exploration.

Other Space Science titles available are, explore Comets and Asteroids, Planetary Science, The Science of Science Fiction and Astronomy. Primary Resources are available.

Title: The Solar System
Author: Delano Lopez
Illustrator: Jason Slater
Publisher: Nomad Press, $32.99
Publication Date: October 2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781619307971
For ages: 8+
Type: Non Fiction