Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Meet the Planets - Children's Book Review

Book Synopsis:

Soar into the Solar System to witness the first Favorite Planet Competition, emceed by none other than the former-ninth planet, now known as dwarf planet Pluto. The readers become the judges after the sun can’t pick a favorite and the meteors leave for a shower. Who will the lucky winning planet be? Could it be speedy-messenger Mercury, light-on-his-feet Saturn, or smoking-hot Venus? Readers learn all about each planet as Pluto announces them with short, tongue-in-cheek facts. Children will spend hours searching the art for all the references to famous scientists and people of history, space technology, constellations, art, and classic literature

My Review:

In a setting where planets are judged as to which is better, Meet the Planets is an informative look at all the planets and what makes them so special.  This book is amusing with its tongue-in-cheek facts about each planet and the characterful illustrations make it delightful to read.  The "Creative Minds" section in the back of the book includes solar system matching activities, information about time and temperatures, and a graph for
readers to make their own judgements as to which planet they think is best.  Me and the kids discussed which planet we thought was best after reading the story and it was fascinating to hear the reasons why. 

Meet the Planets is one of the new Spring 2011 titles available from Sylvan Dell Publishing.

I received book for review from Sylvan Dell Publishing.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products.  Your opinions and results may differ.


jenmalonee said...

I think my sons would love this book! Thanks for sharing your info!

Jennifer Marie

lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

Mari said...

This sounds like a fun way to learn about the solar system; taking somewhat dry subject matter and describing it in an animated way for children.