Monday, September 25, 2017

Let’s Investigate with Nate: The Solar System, by Nate Ball, illustrated by Wes Hargis - ADVISABLE

Ball, Nate.  Let’s Investigate with Nate: The Solar System, illustrated by Wes Hargis.  Harper, 2017.  $17.99.  Content: G.  PICTURE BOOK. 
Nate and the kids go the Science Museum early Saturday morning and go on an amazing adventure around the solar system.  On their adventures, they learn about: gravity, planets, the sun, and earth.  They also learn why Pluto isn’t considered a planet anymore, poor Pluto.  Nate and the kids orbit the earth like satellites and then take their rocket ship to visit all of the planets and the asteroids.  When they get back to the museum they set the record straight that Pluto isn’t a planet. 

The book includes a glossary with all of the technical terms used.  It also includes instructions for a Gravity Slingshot experiment.  The story is definitely chock full of facts and explanations, but has enough of an overarching story to keep kids interested.  The illustrations are fanciful and fun and look enough like the real planets to be educational.   
EL-ADVISABLE.  Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS. 

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