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The Universe

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  28 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Exceptional nonfiction for children from two of the most trusted names in science education: Seymour Simon and the Smithsonian Institution.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published 1999 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published 1998)
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Lara Ivey
When Seymour Simon and Smithsonian come together to work on a book you know it’s something worth checking out. Through this book, children gain a better understanding of how they fit into the world…even learning their “complete” address. It shows one way of looking at how the universe came to be with the Big Bang. Beyond that, you learn about distances from Earth to other objects in the universe as well as red giants and “space pods.” You will learn facts about the number of stars in our univers ...more
Mar 28, 2016 Shelli rated it liked it
An informative read with fantastic photographs and illustrations, that sadly has become outdated due to its publication date. Still a nice addition to an classroom or library with a note from the teacher asking the reader to spot the mistake.
Sep 02, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We've read several nonfiction books by Seymour Simon. His books are very informative and usually have a lot of interesting color photographs. I like that the books are educational, but not overwhelming with details or boring.

This book offers a good overview on the science of the universe, but it still mentions Pluto as a planet. Still, the narrative is engaging and we were able to read the entire book at one time.

The photographs are terrific and we loved looking at the beautiful images of the
Dec 13, 2015 Oliver rated it really liked it
This book had very interesting facts. I liked the pictures. They amazed me.
Earl Peters
This book is great and has alot of cool pictures
Jan 26, 2009 Deanna rated it it was ok
Shelves: science
First of all, I love these Smithsonian books! The pictures are amazing in them. The content in this one wasn't so great though. There was a lot of information about the Big Bang and so I skipped some of it as I was reading it a loud. It had a lot of information about stars and black holes. I thought it was interesting.

Generally these books are great though and I love the pictures!
Deborah Harris
Dec 23, 2013 Deborah Harris added it
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AR Quiz No. 25261 EN Nonfiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: MG - BL: 5.5 - AR Pts: 0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP, VP
Oct 10, 2012 Merrylinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Beautiful photos! Every child needs a strong working ability to read nonfiction text. This has a high interest and is rich with in vocabulary and content.
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Seymour Simon, whom the NY Times called "the dean of [children's science:] writers," is the author of more than 250 highly acclaimed science books (many of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association).

Seymour Simon uses his website,, to provide free downloads of a wealth of materials for educators, homeschoolers
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