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by David A. Aguilar

First, Pluto left. Then it came back, along with Ceres and Eris...and now Haumea and MakeMake, too! The recent actions of the International Astronomical Union have put every solar system book out of date. In response, National Geographic joins forces with David Aguilar of the Harvard Smithsonian Astronomical Observatory to revise our 2008 book—and to update young readers on the high-interest topic of space. Using simple text and spectacular photorealistic computer art by the author, this book profiles all 13 planets in their newly created categories—plus the sun, the Oort Cloud, comets, and other worlds being discovered. Back-of-the-book activities offer hands-on fun for budding astronomers.
Download 13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System (National Geographic Kids) epub
ISBN: 1426307705
ISBN13: 978-1426307706
Category: Children
Subcategory: Science Nature & How It Works
Author: David A. Aguilar
Language: English
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (March 8, 2011)
Pages: 64 pages
ePUB size: 1532 kb
FB2 size: 1810 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 164
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It gives the best summary I've seen on the latest thinking re: definition and identification of planets. Who knew there were 13 now? Pluto is back in but as a dwarf planet and it has some new dwarf planet friends. My 5 1/2 grandson knew most of the rest of the planetary/solar system information as apparently it is pretty basic but beautifully illustrated. Also includes mythology and historical asides which he did not know, but which actually bring an interesting interdisciplinary element into the study. If your child is really serious about planets and stars, and older than about 7 this may be too basic, but would probably be fine for all others. Is a typically beautifully illustrated National Geographic product and fortunately we enjoy reading it.
Wow! Did I learn a lot! This is the latest information known about the solar system to date. I taught the solar system to elementary students for 36 years and I was amazed at how things have changed. I only retired 6 years ago but it is a though I knew very little. How much fun it would be to teach about Haumer in the Kuiper Belt! Imagine an icy football tumbling end-over-end with a rock inside! And contemplate the "Easterbunny" or Makemake (MAH-keh MAH-keh), the 12th planet from the sun! We can't even imagine how cold it is at -406 degrees F. There is not anything on Earth that we know of that is that cold! See what I mean? It's a new universe out there!
This is such a fun book! My son and I loved the journey all the way from the sun to the 13th dwarf plant, Eris. Some of our favorite facts learned included: Why is Mercury silent? Could life be possible on one of Saturn's moons? Why is Venus considered earth's "evil twin"? How did earth's moon form? Which two planets do scientists think might have diamonds under their clouds?
I enjoyed having all the Planetary updates from my elementary school days when Pluto "lost" its planet status and all we had was "My Very Energetic Mother Jumped Straight Up Near"...
My son and I finished this book wanting to learn even more about our solar system and wondering about its mysteries.
If your kid is a solar system nut, like ours, this is a great book. He doesn't like that most planet books don't have the dwarf planets, so I was excited for this one. When I told him this book was coming he said "does it show the dwarf planet candidates?" He was so happy they are mentioned too.
This is a good solar system book because it really has the most updated information of any kids book I looked at for this age range. That being said..I don't love the book but it's good enough. I saw another I liked more but it didn't have as much on the dwarf planets. I don't like the way this book is written that much...when closely compared to Our Solar System by Seymour Simon, I think the wording and flow are much better in that book but I went with this one because it seemed to have more diagrams and seemed like it might be more appealing for a 6 year old to peruse on their own. In the end I guess I'd say both would be useful books and I'm sure I'll eventually pick up the Seymour Simon as well. So, I like this book but perhaps as more of a companion with other solar system books.
Absolutely Gorgeous and a very important resource for your classroom.
I bought this for a six year old boy who loves space. Great written in a very understandable way. His 4 year old sister loves me to read it to her also. Highly recommend this for kids
This is the first book my 9 year old reaches for since it came in the mail last week. She has gone through it on her own and I have gone over it with her too since there are words hard to pronounce and understand at here reading level. While it is a great starter book to intrigue the mind of a child, it does lack in a lot of information, but at least it leads her to more questions. You will need to buy books that are more in depth if you are looking to supplement a science curriculum. She is very happy to have this in our collection.