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Children's Nonfiction Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science

Sun, The

by (author) Paulette Bourgeois

illustrated by Bill Slavin

Publisher
Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Jul 1996
Category
Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550743302
    Publish Date
    Jul 1996
    List Price
    $6.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781550741582
    Publish Date
    Jan 1995
    List Price
    $14.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 11 to 18
  • Grade: 6 to 12

Description

Long ago, people explained the mysteries of the Sun with stories. Today, we send spacecrafts to the Sun to find out how it shines. Part of the Starting with Space series, this book explains the science behind the mysteries of the Sun. Each chapter opens with a story, and then goes on to answer a child's most common questions about the Sun in an easy-to-understand way. Readers will learn how to simulate an eclipse and how to make a sundial. These and many other "Try It" activities and experiments can be done with materials found around the home and classroom. This unique combination of facts, folklore, simple experiments and hands-on activities meets the research needs of 7 to 11 year olds and gives kids lots of accessible information about the Sun.

About the authors

Paulette Bourgeois est l'auteure des albums mettant en vedette Benjamin la tortue. Traduites dans 38 langues, les aventures de Benjamin se sont vendues à plus de 60 millions d'exemplaires à travers le monde! Benjamin et la Saint-Valentin a remporté la troisième position au palmarès Communication-Jeunesse des livres pour les jeunes.

 

When asked what she hopes children will learn from her books, Paulette Bourgeois explains: "It is most important to look for the wonder in ordinary things." Some of this wonder, and a curious anxiety, spill over into her character Franklin. The world's best-loved turtle overcomes the challenges of the everyday life of a five-year-old in a way that resonates with children. Since 1986, Franklin and Paulette have championed a fear of the dark, boastful fibs, thunderstorms, new friends, museum dinosaurs,...
When Paulette finished writing her first book, Franklin in the Dark, she knew that she would always write stories for children. With each new book, she imagines a child turning the last page and giving a satisfied sigh. Paulette explains: "I want readers to feel connected to my storybook world - to feel, to smell, to touch and to explore the landscapes, both internal and external, that I have created. As I write, I draw on my own experiences and find it easy to remember emotions and situations."
Although Paulette is best-known for the Franklin books, she is also the writer of fiction and non-fiction for young readers. In her non-fiction writing, she explores another realm of wonders with her young readers. She shares "amazing" information on many topics: from apples to potatoes; from fire fighters to Garbage Collectors; from the moon to the sun! What's next, the universe! The Sun: Starting with Space was shortlisted for a Science in Society Book Award (1995), given by the Canadian Science Writer's Association, and won the honor of Parents' Choice Approval, given by the US Parents' Choice Foundation (1997).
Currently, Paulette is endeavoring to write longer books for children, and trying to follow the advice she gives to children: "Read, read, read and write, write, write."

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Bill Slavin has illustrated over sixty books for children, including Stanley's Party, Stanley's Wild Ride, Stanley at Sea, Transformed and The Farm Team. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario, with his wife, their cat, two rabbits, five squirrels and a family of cardinals.

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