Monday, September 02, 2013

review: COMETS, STARS, THE MOON, AND MARS by Douglas Florian

by Douglas Florian
HMH: Harcourt, Inc.
Released: April 2007
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 56

Rating: Really liked it!

Happy NASA Day, everyone!

(Well, I'm pretty sure that's not a real holiday. But NASA was founded on this day in 1958, so Happy 53rd Birthday, NASA! We still love you, even though the space program has been disbanded.)

The Earth, the Moon, the Sun, and Stars,
Comets, Meteors, and Mars,
Galaxies, and Black Holes, too -
all that and much more
for you!

My Thoughts

I discovered this beautiful book of poetry during my children's literature class. I loved reading about space as a kid and couldn't resist buying it!

Each of the poems is short and sweet, a whimsical definition of the galactic object being portrayed. Each of the planets is mentioned (even Pluto!), as well as other things such as asteroids, comets, and constellations.

My favorite part, though, is the illustrations. I really loved how creative Florian was with his use of different mediums - some of the illustrations are more of an artistic collage than anything else, which I think is a perfect way to think about the universe. Die-cuts add another layer of interest on top of that as well.

This is a great book to use to introduce the idea of space to kids.

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