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. Volume XII Number 19 . . . . May 26, 2006
Discover Space Rocks, written by Cynthia Pratt Nicolson and illustrated by Bill Slavin, teaches children about comets, asteroids and meteorites. The book is divided into four chapters between 4 and 10 pages long. Although the language is a little difficult for early readers, most of the long words are related to the topic – "asteroid", "telescope", "earthquakes", etc. Much of the book is written in a question and answer format, with the questions in bold and the answers in the paragraph or paragraphs underneath. This format seems particularly well-suited to children in this age range and allows them to get a lot of information in an easily accessible manner.
The author includes a "Facts" section at the end of the chapters. These facts are actually interesting trivia giving some extra information about the topic for the reader. This is probably the section that children will be telling parents and teachers about! An example from the "Meteorite Facts" section:
The text is illustrated with photos of space rocks and the earth, diagrams (showing how the comet's tail is formed for example), and watercolors. Each page contains an illustration of some sort and lots of white space to make reading easier. This format makes the book very appealing to early readers.
Lisa O'Hara is a librarian and mother of three in Winnipeg, MB.
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