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Star of the Party: The Solar System Celebrates!

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Cute, funny approach to information about the solar system.

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Jan Carr's fun approach to teaching about the solar system is a great way to engage young readers even when the banter between planets sounds like it's trying a little too hard to be casual. Star of the Party is a fun and funny way to share a ton of bite-sized facts about the planets, stars, moons, and other parts of the solar system. Juana Medina's brightly colored illustrations are happy and upbeat, and the planets' expressions perfectly match the descriptions of their moods. This can be a fun read-aloud book, with planets' different voices acting out their dramatic reactions. The paragraph of facts about each planet at the beginning of the book is a fantastic foundation for the story, and a great start for larger discussions about the solar system.

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