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23 pages, Hardcover

First published August 1, 2003

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January 26, 2019
The non-fiction books about introductory space topics on the market today generally skew towards children in upper elementary school. There is very little available for kids who require something more basic.

Earth, Stars, Moon, and Sun are an exception. These are lovely little non-fiction books for emerging readers or just for kids who want to learn facts in a read-aloud and look at thoughtfully chosen photos of space-related things.

The text is very simple and introduces science concepts nicely. Bolded words are explained in a glossary in the back of each book, which includes pictures in its very simple definitions. Harry had a wonderful time identifying when a word was "bold" and then going to the back for more information. There is also a basic index in each book. The glossary and index are both ideal for introducing kids to these common tools in non-fiction books.

These four particular titles were available at my local library, but are out-of-print. I noticed that the Lerner website is launching a (somewhat expensive) new line of e-books in their First Step Nonfiction books in what they are calling their Early Bird Astronomy series. I prefer physical books for my children, but I may check these out soon.

I review children's books from the perspective of a parent of two kids with autism. This review is part of a list of 20 recommended picture books with space themes for autistic kids, which can be found on my blog: https://www.lineupthebooks.com/20-pic...
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