Children's Literature Review—"Astronomy is a fascinating subject, but it can be tricky at times. An excellent way to illustrate astronomical concepts such as how far the earth is from the sun is to show students through projects. In this book, Lopez presents numerous projects to help beginning astronomers understand the basics. It is divided into three sections: "What Is the Solar System?," "Astronomy and Exploration Tools," and "Beyond the Solar System." The book also includes a timeline, a glossary, and other useful references. Some of the projects include building a greenhouse, making craters in sand, making an asteroid jigsaw puzzle, and constructing a Newtonian telescope. Lopez also includes enough astronomy information that both seasoned astronomy students and those new to the field can understand the basics behind the projects. Both the history and the future of the field are explained in easy-to-understand detail. Even if the projects were removed, the book would be an excellent text on astronomy. "
Jim Bell, NASA Mars Exploration Rover Project —"Amazing Solar System Projects You Can Build Yourself is a fun way for kids to explore science and the worlds around them without ever having to leave our home planet. This great collection of fun facts and activities is a perfect way to give kids a first-hand feel for important concepts and discoveries in planetary science and space exploration."