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Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars by Douglas Florian
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Recommended to Brenda by: Picture Book Club November Selection
Recommended for: introducing kids to astronomy and non-fiction poetry
Read on September 04, 2014

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.”

ETA 9/4/2014: I first read this book in 2010, and since then have had an opportunity to re-read it. One of the things that still stands out to me are how each page is like an individual piece of artwork. According to the authors notes they are either a combination of gouache, collages or rubber stamps, on primed brown paper bags. I still feel that they are the piece that young children will enjoy the most about this book. The poems are simple yet paired with the wonderful illustrations are easily accessible for children to follow. I still enjoy the poem "A Galaxy" the best because it adds some whimsy to the way that the poems are read. I think it is also why I enjoy the cutouts so much too. Overall, the actual story as an introduction to space and the planets, whereas the glossary provides more of the scientific facts.
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Crystal Marcos Kaylee and I liked the cutouts.


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