Today we are featuring the fun new upper-elementary book, Dr. Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System by Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock and illustrated by Chelen Écija.
What to Expect from the Tour
Space scientist Dr. Maggie guides the reader around our solar system, supported by incredible visual elements.
First up we learn what a solar system is. From there we take off, discovering how astronauts get into space. As we look back at Earth, we encounter some weird human-made space junk that orbits the Earth, including a spatula and a camera. Cool!
What do we encounter next? Well, the moon of course. Then off to the sun for an in-depth look at our nearest star that doesn’t require eye protection. Moving away from the sun, we visit each of the planets (and their moons) in order, plus travel through the asteroid belt. Does the tour stop at planet Neptune? No, it continues on through the Kuiper Belt to the Oort Cloud and beyond.
Curious for more?
Check out the Kane Miller Website for a peek inside the book or take a look at this wordless trailer:
What’s best about this book is that readers can read in order for a clear, logical progression or they can browse sections for specific topics of interest. The sidebars also break the text into delicious readable chunks.
Dr. Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System will enthrall budding astronomers and astronauts alike. Pick up a copy for the ride of your life.
Check out our sister blog, Growing with Science, for activity suggestions inspired by the book.
Visit Science Books for Kids for a growing list of children’s books about the solar system.
Disclosure: The book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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