Author Stephen Feinstein takes a look at Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system. This gas giant has more than sixty known satellites and several rings.

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Though marred by superficial treatment and patchy fact-checking, these introductions make inviting additions to collections for their unusually strong emphasis on Web resources. Each title presents a standard set of basic facts about the planets discovery, physical structure, moons, and explorationbut opens with an annotated list of 30 relevant Web sites, accessible with a password through a dedicated portal provided by the publisher. Drawn from print as well as electronic sources, Feinsteins texts are dry but factual, though he does not mention missions to Mars that failed or were sponsored by agencies other than NASA. The color illustrations, many of which are unaltered screen shots, are more problematic, including a photo of Europas surface that is billed as Jupiters, another photo a few pages later that includes advertisements, and a wildly incorrect date for a painting in Mars. Still, these books should be popular with both interest- and assignment-driven readers, and, as the publisher promises to keep the webliographies up to date for five years, with librarians, too., School Library Journal September 2005
Product type: Library Bound Book
ISBN: 978-0-7660-5303-8
Author: Stephen Feinstein
Copyright: 2005
Reading Level: Grades 4-6
Interest Level: Grades 4-8
Dewey: 523.45
Pages: 48
Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Full-Color Photographs