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My 3yr old really loves this book as she is into galaxies/outer space etc. The only -ve is that it shows Pluto as a planet instead of a dwarf planet :0( hence slightly disappointed with this purchase as the book seems to be 15yrs out of date!! ( 2006 pluto was designated as a dwarf planet)
I'm giving it 2 stars because my daughter likes it. The book is actually terrible. The drawings are incredibly ugly, the factoids are mostly wrong as other reviewers have mentioned, there's annoying and unworkable instructions like "trace the constellations with your finger", and the Pluto issue...
Yeah it says "dwarf planet" so it's "technically" correct, but the presentation is so misleading that it can only be considered intentionally wrong. On two separate two-page spreads, there's a picture of the planets of the solar system with Pluto included, but no sign of any other dwarf planets. They have the asteroid belt but no Ceres. There's a blank page to the left of the Pluto page, plenty of empty space to include them. Is the author even aware that there are other dwarf planets or were they just being intentionally obtuse?
It would have been so, so easy to do this correctly. "The solar system also has dwarf planets. Five have been discovered so far! *Ceres is the closest. *Pluto is the largest. *Eris is the most massive."
Seriously, take a thirty second detour to the Wikipedia page on dwarf planets. Look at the pictures. If you intend to make educational materials you have a responsibility to first educate yourself.
War für meinen 14 Monate alten Sohn. Wollte mal ein Buch mit anderem Inhalt als Tiere und irgendwelche Fahrzeuge. Aber eigentlich liegt es auf der Hand, was soll so ein kleines Kind mit Planeten anfangen?! Das ist einfach viel zu abstrakt. Für ihn sind das einfach kunterbunte Kreise und das auf so gut wie allen Seiten. Über Sonne, Mond, Sterne und den paar wenigen Raketen hat er sich gefreut. wenn wir es mal anschauen, ist es auf Venus „heiß, heiß, heiß, heiß, heiß“. Auf Mars lassen wir Vulkane explodieren und anderswo geht „furchtbar der Wind“. Fazit: wir haben ein Aktivitätenbuch daraus gemacht und somit macht’s ihm doch Spaß... würd ich jetzt aber wirklich nicht weiter empfehlen!
My baby is very interested in the moon and stars right now so I thought I'd expand his idea of the solar system. I hate this book. There is no lyricism at all and reading this book out loud is clunky and annoying. The "facts" for the planets are only so-so--the one for Earth is abysmal! Of all the interesting things you could say about our planet you choose that it looks like a marble (what baby knows what that is, since they are not allowed to play with them??) and that it is the 3rd planet from the sun (who cares??). And while I love the art for the planets themselves, I hate the absolute inaccuracies of the stars and the moon. I love artistic license in children's books--this borders on ridiculous. I do not actually hate kids books often...but this one really irks me.