Let's Investigate with Nate #2: The Solar System
Bill Nye the Science Guy meets The Magic School Bus!
This is the second book in a new STEM-based picture book series from the Emmy Award-winning host of PBS’s Design Squad and Design Squad Nation, Nate Ball. With a lively cast of characters and vibrant illustrations by Wes Hargis, it's an adventure in learning!
Ever look up at the sky and wonder how many planets there are? Or want to know how many Earths could fit within the Sun? Take a ride 3.6 billion miles away to answer these questions and more while exploring the solar system with Nate and his team of adventurous scientists! Walk on the moon, fly with a satellite, gaze at comets, and discover why Pluto isn’t a planet anymore.
Featuring Nate Ball, the PBS reality show host of Design Squad, this series does a nice job of explaining scientific topics to youngsters with the help of exciting illustrations and a fun storyline. Each story takes place in a museum on Saturday before opening hours. Nate, a “daredevil scientist,” gives four young kids a guided tour through one of the museum’s mysterious portal doors. Once they go through a door, they are transported to a whole different part of the world. Sometimes, they even shrink to the size of a molecule! As they go on each adventure with Nate, the reader joins along, reading from the comic book-style dialogue. There are also many explanations of terms and processes throughout the book. Before the story, each book includes a brief letter from Nate. Each story is followed by an experiment for the reader to do on their own (with adult supervision). Each book is approximately 40 pgs, pb. ~ Brianna