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Nicolaus Copernicus: The Earth Is a Planet…

Nicolaus Copernicus: The Earth Is a Planet

by Dennis B. Fradin, Cynthia Von Buhler (Illustrator)

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This is a great picture book biography. It's a little bit odd as illustrations go, and the pages can be a bit text heavy for an intermediate level reader, but the information is presented in kid-friendly language and is extensively detailed enough to leave any reader knowledgeable about the subject. Much better than some of the other texts that I've read by Mr. Fradin which can occasionally get too technical for my readers to stay interested in. I'd recommend this as a solid addition to a school library. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
This book does a great job of simplifying the discovery that the earth orbits the moon by giving analogies that children can readily understand. Additionally, the author does a good job of defining terms that may be a stretch for children reading the book. The background knowledge of Copernicus is given in a clear manner, which makes him seem like a “normal” person. In my opinion, this is important, as it allows children of modest backgrounds to see that others from similar backgrounds have found significant success. Additionally, the development of facing the dilemma of publishing a work that contradicts the church is very well done. The idea that we should pursue ideas that do not go along with the norm is a phenomenal message for children.
  R_Sullivan | Feb 3, 2013 |
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A biography of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who challenged the belief of his age that Earth was the center of the universe and proved that it is, instead, a planet orbiting the Sun.

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