Module 9: Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars

7 08 2010

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Summary: Using colorful collage-like paintings, and simple rhythmic poetry Florian introduces young readers to the wonders of the cosmos. Each two-page spread is devoted to a single poem and an accompanying illustration.

Citation: Florian, Douglas. (2007) Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars. New York: Harcourt.

My Impressions: I think this is a really great book for young readers. The illustrations are beautiful and the poetry is short, simple, rhythmic, and rhyming–all the things children love about poetry! Each poem also contains factual information to help children build their knowledge of space. The book also contains a glossary that corresponds to the subject of each poem, explaining the subject in more depth and detail.

Reviews:

“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.” –Carolyn Phelan, Booklist Online review excerpt

““The poet-painter’s latest book brings warm wit to the outermost reaches of cold, dark space. . . . Florian’s illustrations depict the marvels of space with luminous texture and detail.”–The New York Times review excerpt

Library Use Suggestion: Children could choose a poem in the book to illustrate through a picture or model, or they could choose an item in space to write their own poem.

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