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Children's Nonfiction Astronomy

Discover the Stars

by (author) Cynthia Pratt Nicolson

illustrated by Bill Slavin

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2006
Recommended Age
6 to 8
Recommended Grade
2 to 3
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2006
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2006
    List Price

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A simple but informative look at the life cycle of stars, how we see and identify stars and much more. 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.

Cynthia Pratt Nicolson's profile page

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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  • Short-listed, Information Book Award, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada

Editorial Reviews

[T]his Kids Can Read beginning reader offers a sound introduction for young stargazers. As in Nicolson’s other series entries, chapters are broken into segments introduced by boldface questions, followed by explanations peppered with colorful facts — [I]llustrations — amplify the text throughout — [T]he numerous quotable facts should be sufficient reward for most newly independent readers.

Librarian Reviews

Discover the Stars (Kids Can Read Level 3)

A simple but informative look at the life cycle of stars, how we identify them and more. For children who can read alone.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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