Cover image for The planets / by Gail Gibbons.
The planets / by Gail Gibbons.
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2018]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 25 cm
Describes the sun and each planet of the solar system and introduces concepts such as a day, a year, orbit, and rotation.


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1 Bob Harkins Branch 523.4 GIB Book Junior Collection
1 Nechako Branch 523.4 GIB Book Junior Collection

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From the burning surface of Venus to the freezing darkness of Neptune, Gail Gibbons takes children on a tour of our planetary neighbors--which are very different from each other in size, shape, orbit, and even weather. Since The Planets was first published in 1993, space exploration has resulted in many new achievements and discoveries. This new edition of The Planets reflects some of these wondrous advances, while still offering young readers a timeless and accessible look at our solar system.

Author Notes

Gail Gibbons was born in 1944 in Oak Park, Illinois. She received a degree in graphic design from the University of Illinois. She got a job doing artwork for television shows in New York City. She was eventually offered a job creating art for a children's show, where some of the children asked her if she had ever considered doing a children's books. Her first book, Willy and His Wheel Wagon, was published in 1975. Since then she has written and illustrated more than 170 non-fiction books for children including Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

Gibbons eloquently introduces young readers to the basic concepts of planetary motion and then presents intriguing information about each planet in such a fashion that the facts become more than mere numbers. The illustrations are both inviting and scientifically rigorous. The final page contains nine additional fascinating observations about our solar system. From HORN BOOK 1993, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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