Saturday, June 14, 2014

Meet the Planets by John McGranaghan Illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein (Review & Giveaway)

About the book:  Soar into the Solar System to witness the first Favorite Planet Competition, emceed by none other than the former-ninth planet, now known as dwarf planet Pluto. The readers become the judges after the sun can’t pick a favorite and the meteors leave for a shower. Who will the lucky winning planet be? Could it be speedy-messenger Mercury, light-on-his-feet Saturn, or smoking-hot Venus? Readers learn all about each planet as Pluto announces them with short, tongue-in-cheek facts. Children will spend hours searching the art for all the references to famous scientists and people of history, space technology, constellations, art, and classic literature.

My thoughts:  The planets line up - all eight of them (remember #9 was disqualified just a few short years ago). They are in a contest much like a beauty contest. The aim is to choose the best planet. Well, we Earthlings obviously think planet Earth is best don't we? The author and illustrator have both packed a lot of information into this cute book giving us facts about each planet, history of astrology as it pertains to the planet being featured, etc. The storyline is cute and engaging.

The back of the book is has six pages packed with information that will engage the mind of an inquisitive kid - or adult. Lots of good stuff here for the home or school library shelf.

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of Meet the Planets from Abordale Publishing for the purpose of this review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review. Giveaway copy will be provided by publisher directly to the winner.

15 comments:

  1. To me it is simply amazing how vast the universe is it just makes me think how vast God is for creating it all.

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  2. Amazing how to all came together under the hand of one great Creator.

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  3. I think it's interesting because there is so much we don't know.

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  4. I always enjoy reading about the planets. Someday maybe we will be able to visit them all!

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  5. I think it fascinating how much we DO know about the planets but just as fascinating how much we do NOT know. Hopefully, books for kids like Meet The Planets will continue to be published and read by children with a thirst for more knowledge about the universe.

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  6. I'm just amazed at the vastness of God's creation!

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  7. I'm always amazed at how old everything is - including how old the light is that is just now reaching my eyes when I look up at the stars.

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  8. Sounds like a fabulous book! Thanks for sharing your review with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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  9. Sounds like a fabulous book! Thanks for sharing your review with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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  10. This sounds like a great book. Lots of fun and lots of learning! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Always love having you there!
    Tina

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  11. The study of the planets and the atmosphere is endless. There is always something new to discover.

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  12. It so colorful! My little one would love learning about Planets!

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  13. Audra O'HaraJuly 2, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    It's interesting to learn why Earth is the only planet that supports life and why. It's also amazing how big some of the planets and how cold/hot they get. My daughter is very interested in space and would love this book.

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  14. I think the scope of the Universe is beyond amazing!

    Nancy
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  15. I like that we can learn how unique each planet in our solar system is
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Merry

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