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Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings

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Blast off with Douglas Florian's new high-flying compendium, which features twenty whimsical poems about space. From the moon to the stars, from the Earth to Mars, here is an exuberant celebrationof our celestial surroundings that's certain to become a universalfavorite among aspiring astronomers everywhere. Includes die-cut pages and a glossary of space terms. ...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Nov 02, 2010 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathryn by: Chandra
The illustrations are really fun and inventive--I loved how there were little cut-out illustrations of the various gods with the planets they are named after, etc. I liked some of the poems better than others, but overall I thought they worked well and had a nice blend of wonderment, science and fun. And the scientific note at the back seemed good to me, though I don't really know enough about astronomy to be a solid judge on that issue. Overall, I think this is a fun and worthwhile introduction ...more
Lisa Vegan
Jun 17, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: introducing kids to astronomy and non-fiction poetry
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
This book provides a fun frolic of a tour through the universe. It’s a superb introduction to the science of astronomy and to non-fiction poetry too.

The poems are very simple, and will be appealing to young children. They’re not outstanding but they’re pleasant and informative, and I loved how the “a galaxy” poem was formed in a spiral. Very cool. (The poems also put me in the mood to listen to Holst’s The Planets, and thinking of that music did distract me slightly from the book’s poems.)

The il
Sep 04, 2014 Brenda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: introducing kids to astronomy and non-fiction poetry
Recommended to Brenda by: Picture Book Club November Selection
Shelves: picture-books
What really stands out in this book of poems is the clever illustrations and cut outs that show glimpses of the next page. The vibrant colors and shapes really add so much to the wonderfully written poems. Each poem touches on the subject of the planets, comets or the universe in a very easy flow that will appeal to younger children. My overall favorite is “A Galaxy” which twirls into a spiral. Included with the book is a “Galactic Glossary” and “Bibliography and Links to Further Reading.”

I admit to being a sucker for science books regardless of target age. Science married to poetry elevates both to a new level. Because of that, I found it easy to fall in love with this picture book. Naturally, I adore the paintings, too, which were enhanced by the clever and well-placed cut-outs.

My favorite poems were "the universe" and "a galaxy." "the solar system" reminded me of the funny Sidney Harris cartoon about Kepler explaining what an eclipse is to his peers. :)

The only thing I had a
Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars is a book comprised of several poems and paintings about space. The table of contents allows the reader to peruse the poems of their choice based on the aspect of space in which they are interested. Each page has a circle cut-out, to represent the corresponding planet detailed in the poem. The cut-outs are cleverly placed in different areas of each page to keep any reader engaged and eager to learn about space. To appreciate the artwork in this book, one must all ...more
Crystal Marcos
I liked this book. (A Picture Book Club Read I have to admit it has been awhile since I read anything about outer space. I enjoyed the illustrations and the cutouts more than the actual poems. I read this book out loud to my daughter and it didn’t flow well in a couple spots. My daughter is too young to appreciate the book to its fullest. She did enjoy the curious cutouts which she poked her finger through on occasion. She also liked the rhyming aspect o ...more
This picture book written in poetic form would be perfect for introducing a science unit on the solar system. I would use this book for a wide range of elementary age students. There is great factual information and vocabulary used in the poems. The pictures are great stylized representations of the plants.

My favorite part of this was the section on Pluto. First I was struck by the up-to-date information, then I laughed at how it was actually presented.
“Pluto was a planet.
But now it doesn’t pa
Douglas Florian is a poet and painter who has created a number of books for children, but this one is my favorite. This charming and humorous collection of poems about space is the perfect way to teach children in the course of entertaining them.

He takes us through our own solar system, with a double-page spread for each planet:

The Earth
Two-thirds water.
One-third land.
Valleys deep.
Mountains grand.
Sky of blue.
Clouds of gray.
Life here, too -
Think I’ll stay.”

Pluto is included, but never fear: this
Weird. Bad science, lame verses, fun but not special artwork. The author profile says he stargazes in New York City? Um, not so much. I wanted to like it - there are probably lots of wonderful poems about outer space, and not all art about space has to pay homage to Chesley Bonestell, but I just don't find this book worthwhile.
Amy Carr
A collection of poems about all things related to space. The illustrations were really creative and favorite part! The poems were a little "forced" but an interesting way to introduce astronomy to children! If you have a child interested in planets, black holes, comets, etc., this would be a really fun read! It is also a great way to help children remember facts about the planets, sun, moon, etc.
Brittany Lee
Genre- Poetry
Awards- None
Grade Level- 5-6

This book is a wonderful way to incorporate science and poetry together. This book is about the solar system. While teaching science you can also teach poetry to the class. A follow up activity would be to give the students each a planet and write their own poem on that planet based on their knowledge of their specific planet.
Douglas Florian is rapidly becoming one of my favorite children's poets. "Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars" is chock full of his usual droll, witty and simple anecdotes; this time about space. While the poetry is cute and funny, kids are also learning about the solar system at the same time. The unique collage-style illustrations compliment the verse, and I love the cut-outs that preview the next page. One of my favorites:


Pluto was a planet.
But now it doesn't pass.
Pluto was a planet.
(NS) Brea M
This large-format book looks at astronomy through the magnifying, clarifying lens of poetry. Each broad double-page spread features a short, accessible poem about a subject such as the sun, each of its planets, a comet, a constellation, or the universe, set within an impressive painting. A concrete poem entitled "a galaxy" is a curling spiral of words set against the midnight-blue sky and surrounded by other galaxies. Stamped type, cutout pages, collage elements with printed papers, and sweeping ...more
Douglas Florian features twenty whimsical poems about space. From the moon to the stars, from the Earth to Mars, here is a celebration of our celestial surroundings that's certain to become a universal favorite among aspiring astronomers everywhere. (Goodreads Summary)

Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian is a 2007 poetry book about space & the planets which should be very accessible to children. The poetry is short and fun to read. Two of my favorit
This week I read the book Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars. This is a Poetry collection of themed poems all relating to space. Nearly all the poems in this collection are rhyming poems. They carry a musical quality that is not only fun to read, but informational. Here is an example from Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars a poem called “the sun”: ”Ninety-three million miles from Earth. Nearly a million miles in girth.” There are also many examples of alliteration in the book, for example: “Jupiter’ ...more
I love the way the poem conveys information about space in poetic form with terrific illustrations to augment the experience. Illustrations have a great use of color, collage & cut out. The text is also used creatively and the word choice conveys the essence of the poem. "A Galaxy" poem is written is a spiral (use of form), reflecting the structure of some galaxies. In "The Universe" the word "empty" is stretched out in ways makes you read the word in ways to get a sense of the expanse both ...more
Elise Marshall
This is a book filled with poems. Each poem is about a different planet, along with the galaxy, universe, comets, constellations, black holes and the great beyond. Each poem has information in it about what it is talking about. For instance the poem about Earth talks about how much water and land covers the Earth, how life is on Earth. Each planet has a different style of poems. Pluto was a lyrical poem; it seemed to have a rhythm that went along with the poem. I think this is a great book to re ...more
Grade Level: K-2
Main Characters: N/A
Setting: Outer Space
This is a fun, informational, and witty book of poems about astrology. Topics of each poem include the planets, starts, black holes, galaxies, and everything else you can find in outer space. Each topic has a double-page spread, and the artwork is incredible! Florian paintings are surreal and he uses a collage style, with some pages containing cut-out holes giving a preview to the next page. The poems incorporate facts about e
Genre: Poetry

Summary: This book is a beautifully illustrated collection of rhyming poems in several different styles. He has shape poems, rhyming couplets, triplets and several others.


A. Fluency and rhyming
B.This book is all about the universe and space and even has a glossary in the back to define the key terms. I is fun and informative and the rhythmic nature of rhyming poetry is usually good for fluency because it has a natural flow.
C. the universe
The universe is every place,
Reading Level: Intermediate
Genre: Poetry
Review: This is a beautifully illustrated book about space. Each poem focuses on a planet, a star, or another space-related concept, like constellations. There is quite a bit of advanced vocabulary. I think this collection would be a great companion when teaching kids about the planets. The poetry also has a nice flow to it, as well.
Sarah Sammis
For the astronomy project I was required to include one book of poetry. I chose Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian. Along with the poetry, it has delightful collage style illustrations.

It covers the solar system with a poem per planet. Pluto's poem tells how it has been "fired" or re-classed as a dwarf planet. The other minor plants have their own page. After finishing with Pluto it has a poem about comets, one about the constellations, one for black h
Title: Comets, Stars, and Moon, and Mars

Author: Douglas Florian

Recommended Ages or grades: 6 - 10

This book of poems is all about the different planets. Each poem talks about a planet, the moon, stars, Mars, Pluto, Saturn, Venus, the Black Hole, Uranus, and others. The poems are short and simple to read for children in the early primary grades and they are cute poems, “Speedy, nimble, quick, and fast, Round the sun it rushes past. Always racing, on the run… You’d run, too, so near the sun.” I hig
This book presents poems about the universe, astronomy, and our solar system. The poems are short, concentrated, current, informative, and humorous. Specific terms are blended with made-up vocabulary. Many of the poems are filled with rhyme. Prose appears in a spiral for “a galaxy.” The illustrations are made with gouache, collage, and rubber stamps on printed brown paper bags. Several of the rubber stamps are foreign translations for the planet or star premiering in the poem. The illustrations ...more
Samantha Gacke
This book of poetry deals with many of the things that are found in space, like the planets, comets and the sun.

When reading this book, I really wished that it was something that I would’ve had when learning about space, especially with things like the moon. It would be a great tool to help students learn about the different aspects of space, and it would also help gain student’s interests. The art work is in the book is amazing in the fact that it isn’t like the typical art work found in books
The title reflects the rhyming found within, some are free form, such a "A Galaxy" done in a spiral, some have one verse, some several. Variety of illustrations using gouache, collage, and rubber stamps, and few pages have a circular cutout, all have many details for close in. Includes "A Galactice Glossary" that actually provides more facts about the 20 topics, and a bibliography (I wonder how many students will read Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time'?).

Fun way to introduce planets unit!
NS- Sarah
I found another book by Douglas Florian! This book could be a fun supplement to a science unit on the solar system. There is a poem about each planet as well as other things you would find in space. I think this book could provide for some great literature/science integration activities. The poems are short and sweet which I think young readers enjoy. In true Douglas Florian style, the paintings are gorgeous. This book could even be an inspiration for an art/science integration project. I would ...more
Gianna Mosser
Very astute poetry collection. The facts are current, the rhyme scheme accessible but varied, and it was perfect for our afternoon at the planetarium.
Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings is a favorite in my classroom! Douglas Florian's informational poetry informs the reader about space in a fun, creative way! I love the use of similes and metaphors he utilizes when describing the different planets. His rhymes are creative and not forced, and his wonderful word choice helps create images in the reader's mind!

The illustrations were done with gouache, collage, and rubner stamps on primed brown paper bags. They are authent
Genre: Poetry.
Awards: None.
Grade Level:3-4
In science class students will be studying the solar system and write a research paper about a particular planet and construct the solar system model. To make learning about the solar system more fun I will read this short book about the solar system. After reading it they will create their own poem about space which they will present with their solar system model. I would do this lesson in my classroom to teach students about the solar system a differen
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