Are You My Planet?

Cottage Door. Mar. 2021. 32p. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781680529555.
PreS-Gr 1–Beep the alien and his robot dog are lost in the solar system and trying to find their way home to their small red planet. As Beep navigates his spaceship near each planet and asks, “Are you my planet?” he points out one way each differs from his own. For instance, to Uranus he says, “You are DEFINITELY not my planet. You’re sideways! How nifty!” One short sentence is included on each page to provide more information about Beep’s observations, such as that Saturn’s rings are made of ice, dust, and rock. Young and emerging readers can predict the pattern created by the repetitive text and can trace the dotted line that maps out the spaceship’s trajectory as it travels around each page. Illustrations are vibrant and engaging. Planets are not presented in order and the one-page spread illustrating the solar system is not to scale and difficult to discern the correct orbital order around the sun. Earth’s moon appears on the same orbit line as Mars and both Saturn and Jupiter are on three different orbit pathways.
VERDICT An optional purchase for libraries in need of introductory nonfiction materials for young readers.

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