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Children's Nonfiction Astronomy

Discover Space

by (author) Cynthia Pratt Nicolson

illustrated by Bill Slavin

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2005
Recommended Age
6 to 8
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2005
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2005
    List Price

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Discover Space is an informative first reader about what humans have discovered about space over the centuries and up to the present day. Longer, more complex stories and sentences, more challenging vocabulary, language play and minimal repetition make this a Level 3 first reader.

About the authors

Cynthia Pratt Nicolson is a teacher and an award-winning children’s author who has written several non-fiction books, including The Stars and The Planets. She lives on Bowen Island, British Columbia.

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Bill Slavin has illustrated over sixty books for children, including Stanley's Party, Stanley's Wild Ride, Stanley at Sea, Transformed and The Farm Team. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario, with his wife, their cat, two rabbits, five squirrels and a family of cardinals.

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Librarian Reviews

Discover Space

Kids Can Press has been publishing books about science since the early 1980s. It has combined two of its great science books with its burgeoning Kids Can Read series of beginner readers to produce these two new titles about outer space. Each book is an adaptation of an earlier title, Exploring Space and The Planets, re-written to conform to Level 3: Kids Can Read Alone in their early reading series. Exploring Space and The Planets were fun and informative, and these simpler versions are successful in retaining the charm and interest of the originals. Each book includes basic information, simply and effectively presented. The writing is informative and fluid even with the limited text and vocabulary. Discover Space covers the solar system, galaxy, space travel, moon exploration and exploring outside of our solar system. Discover the Planets has a chapter on each of the planets, including Earth, and a general description of the solar system. There are lots of colour and black and white photographs along with Bill Slavin’s cheerful illustrations. Both titles are nicely designed in the traditional easy-to-read format. Each book includes a table of contents.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2006. Vol.29 No. 1.

Discover Space (Kids Can Read Level 3)

An informative look at what humans have discovered about space from past to present day. For kids who can read alone.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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