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Looking For Suggestions...

Tonight at dinner the girls noticed the moon in the still light sky. We did our best to explain, but it would be better with drawings and things.

So, are there any good books on the solar system aimed at pre-schoolers out there?



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May. 24th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
I've had to try to tackle that one too... No luck yet on a viable explanation. I have a great book on astronomy by H.A. Rey (yes THAT H.A. Rey, no the monkey doesn't make an appearance) but it's really aimed at a 3rd grade level or so.

May. 24th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
H. A Rey wrote 2 books on the stars:

"Find the Constellations" is aimed at the younger audience (3rd, 4th, 5th -7th grade?), and I suspect that's the one you have -- n'est-ce pas?

"The Stars - A New Way to See Them" is aimed at older kids and adults. My first copy was my award for being the highest-scoring student in Earth Science my freshman year of high school.

Every few ears I purchase an updated edition, because the table of the zodiac constellation locations of the visible planets is only good for 10 years; nevertheless, it's the handiest source of such information.

Each book has a different solar system diagram. My 1997 update of "Find the Constellations" does include Pluto; my 2006 update of "The Stars" skips that issue by only showing the visible planets, out to Saturn, against the backdrop of the Zodiac constellations.

I heartily recommend either book.
May. 24th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
I seem to recall trying to do it with a globe, a floor lamp, and the kid playing the part of the moon.
No idea whether it sank in.
May. 24th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)
My husband suggests that something aimed at K/1/2 grades would likely work.
May. 24th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
There was a (pseudo?) Dr Seuss book
No Place Like Space. (I think it was cobbled together & published by the company, but not actually written or drawn by Seuss)

It's mostly names/descriptions of planets, and a now-obsolete mnemonic (includes Pluto) for the names.
May. 24th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
Re: There was a (pseudo?) Dr Seuss book
That sounds like this one.
May. 24th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: There was a (pseudo?) Dr Seuss book
Yep - my now 6 alomst 7 year old had that book read over and over to him until he had it memorized.
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