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Out of This World: Poems and Facts about Space

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  80 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Amy Sklansky and Stacey Schuett give young explorers the moon and stars and beyond!

The mysteries of the universe and the science of space exploration are perennialy popular subjects, and Out of This World is a wonderful introduction. Amy Sklansky has written evocative poems about planets and stars and rockets and moon landings and satellites. Each poem is supported by add
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Amy Lemley
Mar 11, 2014 Amy Lemley rated it it was amazing
I have always been fascinated by space, but this book combined my hunger for space facts with beautiful and crafty poetry. Each poem was introduced with facts about space and research that inspired the book, and then a poem with powerful visual design/illustration followed. I loved reading this book and want to purchase a copy for my home library! I also think it would be fun to have students use this format to represent research projects and their topics for research by complementing their most ...more
Heidi Garner
Mar 05, 2014 Heidi Garner rated it really liked it
On every page of this book there is a creative poem about space as well as accompanying descriptive facts about space. The facts and poems talk about corresponding topics such as the poem Blast Off is about how long it takes to get to space. This book has a lot of great illustrations as well. This book includes a variety of different types of poems; some short, some long, some rhyming, some not.
This book would be a great resource for talking about many facts about space. This book is also a grea
Megan Tollefson
Oct 24, 2014 Megan Tollefson rated it really liked it
2012 - Poetry - This is a fascinating book, teaching readers about space through poems. The poems are combined with different facts about space. "Out of This World" would be a great tool in the classroom to make learning about space a rhythmic journey, bound to catch the attention of all readers or listeners!
Ann Haefele
Oct 11, 2012 Ann Haefele rated it it was amazing
An amazing picture book that combines poetry and facts about space. A poem about blastoff is accompanied by facts on how long it takes to travel to space. A poem about packing for a trip to the moon has an opposing page with several paragraphs on the personal items that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins packed for their trip. Each astronaut was allowed a 2 x 4 x 8 inch bag of personal items. Neil Armstrong packed a propeller fragment from the first successful Wright brother flight ...more
This is a fantastic book of creative poems and insightful descriptions about outer space. My background is in teaching physics and I usually am dissatisfied with science information in children's books, but this one really impressed me. As a person of many interests, I appreciate the author bridging the arts-science gap by using poetry to teach science. I'm such a fan! If I were still teaching, I'd buy this for my classroom.
Victoria Whipple
Oct 06, 2012 Victoria Whipple rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, solar-system
I love a book that combines poetry and facts like this. The poems language and playfulness appeal to children, then the accompanying facts pull them in. Sklansky put together a collection of poems about space, from what to pack for a trip to space, to take off, the moon, stars, sun and beyond. With each poem there is a sidebar with facts about the topic of the poem. Poems range from Haiku to concrete to free verse and are illustrated with digital images and gouache pictures that fill the pages. ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Teri rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, space
Great poems about space. We learned a ton!
Feb 07, 2015 Sally rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, poetry
Fun to supplement space units.
Oct 19, 2013 Kendall rated it really liked it
Love, love, love these poems about space intertwined with facts. (I love George's Secret Key to the Universe, too....nothing like teaching us literary types how to deal with daunting topics like space.) Kids love this one, does a great job...and the poems are fun to read and make a great addition to a poetry collection. Other than Seymour Simon's Star Walk, there aren't many books that combine verse with space. An excellent addition to a library collection!
Alexander Jones
Jan 27, 2014 Alexander Jones rated it it was amazing
Beehive Nominee
Peggy Archer
Apr 09, 2013 Peggy Archer rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of poems about space and facts along the side of the pages to go along with the poems. I enjoyed the different poetic forms and the interesting facts about space and space travel. An interview with children's author and poet, Amy Sklansky, can be found on my blogsite at on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
Jan 03, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it
This book contains poems about space with companion section explaining a different area of space. A poem about constellations is accompanied by an explanation of constellations for instance. There are poems about meteors, planets, comets, spacesuits, gravity and so much more. I enjoyed the poems but I really enjoyed the accompanying material more.
Some poems I liked, and some didn't quite click with me. Fairly typical with me and poetry. I did like reading the different facts about space and objects within. I think kids will find this interesting among the Beehive nominees, but I don't think it will get as many votes as the funnier poems.
Mar 25, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
Art meets science in this fun poetry book about everything in space. The poems are simple yet informative and the extra informational sidebar doesn't get boring. A great choice for the 2013 Beehive Nominee in poetry (but also informational).
Amy Carr
Jun 05, 2013 Amy Carr rated it really liked it
Amazing marriage of non-fiction and poetry! I thought some of the poetry was a little "cheesy" but I loved the mix of poems and factual information about space! Very well-done!
May 03, 2012 Shelli rated it liked it
Children and adults alike who love facts about our universe will LOVE this book. Very informative and exciting. Star gazing is now on the "to-do" list for this summer.
Apr 11, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: ece-3601, science, poetry
This book combines art and science. The captivating pictures combined with the poems and the detailed facts about space serve as a great hook in the days lessons.
Nov 14, 2012 Bethe rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-poetry
Another poetry and non-fiction combo. The selection of poems represent a nice variety of styles. No mention of Pluto and the dark illustrations cost the book one star.
This is cross-training for your brain, both sides all lit up by the poems and facts about space. This is how we integrate science, reading, and writing.
Esther May
Sep 30, 2013 Esther May rated it really liked it
Shelves: space
If you are interested in space and poems this is a great book to read. I liked that it had tons of different kinds of poems.
Apr 14, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: 3rd-5th
Great for students who study the solar system. Poetry + facts. (My third graders would eat this up.)
Mariah Christensen
Nov 19, 2013 Mariah Christensen rated it it was ok
I learned a few fun facts from this book. I didn't enjoy the poems very much.
Aug 07, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-kids-books
Great book of poetry about space paired with facts! The boys loved this.
Wendy Garland
Jul 05, 2012 Wendy Garland rated it really liked it
Loved this combination of poetry and facts about space.
Edward Sullivan
Good mix of basic information and verse.

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J520 Slansky
May 28, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it
Great! Facts and poetry in one.
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