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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 8 to 12.
A friendly entry--or a return visit--to poetry, an oft-dreaded subject for many ages. Salas has the knack of weaving wonderful words about the space adventure and our planets into engaging poems in various formats. This is a terrific piece to complement an integrated curriculum as the poetry easily lends itself to further exploration of the subjects. For example: Why was Pluto no longer considered a planet? Is it now? What do you think? The possibilities are endless. As a work of poetry this can stand alone. Following the poems are definitions of types of poetry (e.g., haiku, acrostics), with the page numbers for examples provided. When was the last time you read a cinquain? The photographs, which are mostly from NASA, are stunning as well, and will lead to further investigation. Take a look at the Sky Eye on page 7. Have fun imagining who or what could belong to that ‘eye.' Art students will enjoy this book as well, for its visual beauty and placement of text. Salas has done her homework for this addition to the A+ Books series and makes poetry enjoyable visually, textually and factually. Do not forget to read the fine print on most of the double-page spreads. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young