Star Seeker: A Journey to Outer Space

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Publishers Weekly
This cheerful fantasy draws most of its energy from Brazilian artist Tavares's illustrations. They pair nearly scientific portraits of planets with two freckle-face children who zip by them on paper airplanes, armchairs and hobby-horses: "I'll seize blue Uranus/ Then teach him to fly/ Like a Frisbee I'll fling him/ Across the night sky." Most of Heine's (Elephant Dance) text serves as a fantasy about space travel, but a multi-page afterword supplies facts about space, the solar system, planets and constellations. The clunkiness of the verse sometimes takes the shine off its galactic sweep ("I'll dive like an arrow/ Past swift Mercury;/ He's faster than thought/ But he'll never catch me"). Tavares dresses the children endearingly for their interplanetary adventures, the girl in ice skates for her trip to frozen Uranus, the boy in beach thongs for volcanic Venus. As they swoop through space, the two are surrounded by opalescent clouds, whorls of gas and sparkling comets. The book oscillates between whimsy and fact in a not-always-helpful way; no distinction is made in the narrative, for example, between constellations (conceptual inventions that do not reflect the actual positions of stars in space). On the other hand, the concluding sections about the constellations contain a wealth of material about history and myth. Ages 4-9. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Lisa P. Hill
Creative and artistic, this book uses bright drawings to portray two children's views of the Solar System. This rhyming picture book allows young readers to explore constellations, planets, the Earth's moon, asteroids, and meteors. Children will enjoy reading out loud or being read to as they zip across the solar system. The author and illustrator do a wonderful job incorporating pictures and poetry into a solid story. Look in the back of the book for short descriptions about the planets, exploring space, the solar system, and familiar constellations. Attached to the inside back cover is a colorful poster of the Solar System. Pluto is still defined as a planet; however it has been downgraded to a dwarf planet. This planetary description adjustment can be used to encourage discussion about our expanding knowledge of our solar system. This book would be a good bedtime story to be read on starry nights!
School Library Journal

Gr 1–4
"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.

Kirkus Reviews
Handsome illustrations almost rescue this incoherent tour of the night sky. Heine opens with a set of not-always-felicitous verses-"I'll spin like a pinwheel / Through the Milky Way's froth, / Take a ride on the Great Bear / And never fall off"-that bounce the narrator at random from Orion to Earth, then closes with two spreads on the stars and planets that offer such confusing tidbits as: "The methane in [Uranus's] atmosphere absorbs red light, giving it its green-blue color." Using a rich palette and flowing lines over starry, airbrushed backgrounds, Tavares places two delighted young explorers in brightly patterned garb soaring atop a celestial bear, flinging a planet like a Frisbee, waving wands or streamers and sailing over elegantly undulant landscapes. The result is a visual treat-but budding stargazers will get a clearer idea of what they're actually looking at from the likes of Mike Goldsmith's Solar System (2002) and Jane Ann Peddicord's Night Wonders (2005). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846863851
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Sales rank: 984,965
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2010

    fantasy story

    too bad the kids rely on the story to be true but it's very entertaining

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