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DK findout! Solar System Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-21 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1465454284
LANGUAGE:English

"An Attractive, Current, Solid Science Book for the 7 to 10-ish Range

DK has taken a very nice approach to their series of science and nature books for the 7 to 10, (or so), crowd. The books feature informative high-end graphics, quality photos, and useful graphs and charts. Chapter and topic organization is logical and leads the reader through the subject. There is a running overarching narrative, but it is broken up, or supplemented, by lots of factoids, sidebars, and mini-digressions tucked away throughout the graphics.

Especially nice is their decision to avoid dopey jokes and puns, or the "Dummies" type stuff that is often a distraction and can be very condescending. While there might be a jokey throw-away here or there and a "Gee Whiz!" line from time to time, the DK authors generally play it upbeat but straight. A younger kid reading this is going to feel like she's reading something with a little heft and real, current content, and I tend to think that a kid reading these science books deserves that consideration.

Here, we start with the Milky Way and then turn our attention to the Solar System. We start with the sun and run outward by planet. Other system objects are included. Where appropriate we pause to get familiar with the history of exploration and discovery. Lots of bits about space stations, astronauts, spacesuits and the like emphasize the future of exploration. The overall treatment is fairly thorough and provides a solid, basic grounding.

This isn't really advanced, but it isn't superficial or childish. It's good, solid, reliable and current info intended to serve as a basic introduction. Mission accomplished.

(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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