Saturn For My Birthday

Summary:

Dad is happy to hear that Jeffrey doesn't want another pet. He has an even better birthday idea. He wants Saturn. Thanks to Mrs. Cassini, his teacher, he knows about Saturn and all of the things he'll need to do to take care of this gift. So, can Dad get Saturn?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids will enjoy the humor and learn some great facts about the solar system in this picture book that plays on their favorite things: pets and birthdays.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter loved this story. Birthdays are a favorite subject, Saturn's rings are rainbow colors, and Saturn and its moons all had faces. We read this a few times, and she thumbed through it by herself, too.

Parent Reaction

This is a truly clever story. The author did a wonderful job overlaying science facts in a lighthearted, non-technical story. The illustrations are wonderful, and the two-page spread of father and son pointing to the stars is just beautiful. Although this rated out as a 3.1 reading level (which sometimes happens with picture books), our rising first grader was able to recognize a lot of words and participate in reading.

Type of Book:
This picture book combines information about Saturn with a story about wishes.
Educational Themes:

Use this book as the first step to going outside and stare at the stars, visiting your local planetarium, or finding a star-watching group in your community. Pick another planet, collect some facts about it, and then decide how you would "care" for it. You'll find additional information about the solar system in the For Creative Minds section of the book and ideas on the Sylvan Dell website, too.

Reading Level:
4.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Shared with nearly 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. If you have an elementary-aged child who is fascinated by planets and stars or Saturn specifically, you will want this book. This is great for home and classroom use.

Title Saturn for My Birthday
Author John McGranaghan
Publisher Arbordale Publishing © 2008
Illustrators Wendy Edelson
ISBN 9781934359136
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Science, Space, Science - Astronomy
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