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"I'll hunt with Orion,/We'll stalk the dark night;/On the bridle of Pegasus/We'll trap a gold light." In bouncy rhythm, two young narrators—a boy and a girl featured in turn and sometimes together—visit several planets, constellations, and other heavenly bodies. Drawn in cartoon style and cunningly costumed for each venture, the children appear in vividly colored scenes that are rich in detail. In some settings, relevant mythological figures are sketched into the background. The set of brief poems is augmented with several pages of factual explanations of the solar system, the planets, and the sun, moon, and stars. These are particularly helpful since many of the concepts will be unfamiliar to younger children, and the combination offers a tool for introducing these topics. The explanations do get caught in the Pluto hiatus since the book uses the familiar nine-planet scheme. Still, the bright tone of the poetry and the appealing, strong art are a happy combination.
—Margaret BushCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted January 25, 2010
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