The touching story of a father and child?s nighttime excursion to watch a meteor shower, told through the eyes of the child who is in awe of the night world. The vivid descriptions make the readers feel as though they too, are watching the tiny bits of other worlds blazing into our own. The "Creative Minds" section includes a meteor cookie craft and teaching trivia to help children learn more about meteors, comets and asteroids.
The touching story of a father and child’s nighttime excursion to watch a meteor shower, told through the eyes of the child who is in awe of the night world. The vivid descriptions make the readers feel as though they too, are watching the tiny bits of other worlds blazing into our own. The "Creative Minds" section includes a meteor cookie craft and teaching trivia to help children learn more about meteors, comets and asteroids.
"Jody’s dad wakes her late at night, but won’t say where they’re going. To see "pieces of another world" is her only clue. Not until their pick-up rattles into a dark forest clearing does she learn she’s there to see a meteor shower. The suspense builds swiftly by repeating the signature phrase in different contexts until Jody pieces together what her father means. The text is set in white against the deep, purlply-blue hues of midnight speckled with stars. Alikhan’s watercolors are wet and lush, bleeding and washing into each other, as every picture seems to melt into the vast, starlit sky. Her small town in the wee hours is lonely and quiet, her forest thrums with unseen life. Astronomy activities in the back are worth letting older kids stay awake for."
"Author Mara Rockliff's vivid prose is matched -- I might even say surpassed -- by Salima Alikhan's watercolor paintings, which evoke the beauty and quiet drama of a midnight trip to "another world." We experience Jody's amazement at how different familiar daytime places seem by moonlight. We taste the jimmies on her vanilla cone, we feel the softness of the blanket on which she lies in the back of their pickup truck. And, best of all from a brainy mom's perspective, we even learn a lot about meteors."
With lyrical writing and a hint of mystery, author Mara Rockliff invites young readers on a night journey with Jody and her father to discover Pieces of Another World. What are these pieces? Jody wonders as Daddy drives deeper into the country while "quiet blackness wrapped around [them] like a blanket." Along the way, Jody sees a curious fox, hears a screech owl and watches a huge buck melt into the darkness. Finally, Daddy points out a streak of white in the sky—a meteor as little as a pebble. He calls it a "'hey-there' from outer space—a tiny piece of some distant world." Graceful, dark-toned watercolors by Salima Alikhan reinforce the sense of magic to be found in the natural world. A "Creative Minds" educational component in the back includes additional information about meteors and tips on organizing your own meteor-watching party. 2005, Sylvan Dell, Ages 3 to 8.
Mara Rockliff (Pieces of Another World) has been a professional writer for children and adults since 1991. Her own favorite meteor shower was one she watched with a group of friends on a bitterly cold night. They threw a pile of old blankets on the ground and huddled close together, telling jokes and singing songs as they stared up into the clear night sky, afraid to blink and miss one of these tiny bits of other, distant worlds as they blazed into our own. She lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. While she has written many beginning readers, textbooks, essays, and magazine articles, Pieces of Another World is her first picture book.