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What’s the sun good for, anyway? Find out as the Universe explains just what makes the sun so important to planet Earth in The Sun: Shining Star of the Solar System. In this nonfiction picture book, children ages 5 to 8 learn how the sun creates the days, seasons, and years we experience on Earth and even affects our weather and water. Funny aliens provide a running commentary on the Universe’s clear explanations of complex science topics and a hands-on activity makes for an extra layer of learning.
A nonfiction picture book that explores a very important star—the sun! Kids ages 5 to 8 listen as the Universe explains key facts about our cosmic lifeline!
There are trillions of stars in the universe, but one is particularly important to people on planet Earth—our sun. Without it, there’d be no humans, no animals, no plants—no life whatsoever! Earth would be dark, cold, and empty. That’s a pretty bleak picture!
In The Sun: Shining Star of the Solar System, the Universe itself explains the relationship between the sun and Earth. Kids ages 5 through 8 discover how the sun’s place in the solar system gives us the days, seasons, and years we experience on our planet. They learn alongside funny alien characters how the sun supports life on our planet and how it’s related to the weather. The Universe, an engaging narrator, discusses complex scientific concepts in a way that children find easy to understand while the aliens offer a running commentary that’s hilariously entertaining. Plus, a poem at the beginning encourages language arts connections!
Layered text, informative illustrations, and a hands-on science-minded activity offer a deeper exploration of the sun and its importance to Earth. Perfect as a read-aloud or for beginner readers, with a glossary to support language development.
The Sun: Shining Star of the Solar System is part of a set of four books in the Picture Book Science series that explore our incredible solar system. Other titles in this series include The Stars: A Gazillion Suns; The Earth: One-of-a-Kind Planet; and The Moon: Small-but-Mighty Neighbor.
Provides layered text and back matter that encourage more in-depth discovery
Promotes a sense of awe and wonder in astronomy
Uses humor to engage children’s attention
Laura Perdew is an author, writing consultant, and former middle school teacher. She has written more than 30 books for the education market on a wide range of subjects including, wetlands conservation, renewable energy, animal adaptations, and extinction. Her book Biodiversity: Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth (Nomad Press, 2019) earned a Booklist starred review and was a Junior Library Guild selection. Laura is a long-time member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and an avid runner and hiker. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Shululu (Hui Li) has always been driven by curiosity. She is the illustrator of several nonfiction picture books from Nomad Press. She earned a PhD in computational chemistry from the University of Chicago and her research has been published in the world's most influential science journals, including Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She lives with her family in New York, New York.
"This visually appealing set in the Picture Book Science series (4 new titles) offers solid introductions to four members of our solar system. Age-appropriate, easily digestible explanations describe the origins of each entity, how it evolved to its current state, how it affects human life, and what its future may hold. The text also addresses concerns, such as air, water, and light pollution, and concludes with a nicely designed activity."
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