The Sun

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Mary LeCompte, Common Sense Media
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A visually stunning introduction to the sun.

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Parents need to know that there's no objectionable content in this book. The subject is inherently fascinating, and the full-page photos are awe-inspiring, but the challenging text uses some scientific terminology.

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What's the story?

How hot is the sun? What is it made of? This book invites readers to use "the spaceship of our mind" to find out. Bold NASA photos, simple diagrams, and scientific language make The Sun a visually stunning and comprehensive introduction to the facts and mysteries of our local star.


Is it any good?

If you're looking for a science book that inspires and teaches -- and won't put young kids to sleep -- take a look at The Sun. Along with its effective, thought-provoking text, the book's strong visual appeal does as much for the eye as it does for the imagination. The NASA photos, which range from startling to sublime, are a highlight: When the illustrations were shown to a group of 6-year-olds, their reactions ranged from "That's cool!" and "Wow!" to "What in the world is that?" And when a child asks that question, it's a teachable moment not to be missed.

The Sun offers many of those teachable moments. Because author Simon Seymour doesn't water down the scientific language, some kid's tongues will trip over big, unfamiliar words like chromosphere, coronagraph, and magnetogram. But with help from the text and a willing adult, this book makes discovering new words and concepts fun and fascinating.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the solar system and the sun's role in it. How does the sun affect Earth and the other planets? Families can also discuss space exploration, the study of the universe, and career opportunities in the sciences.

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