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This attractive volume offers 20 illustrated poems about space travel and astronomy, supported by information related to each selection. The wide-ranging topics include the unusual items that the Apollo 11 astronauts took to the moon; the experience of zero gravity; the planets considered as potential vacation spots; and constellations viewed as both stars and stories. In the verse, Sklansky has a pleasing way with words and a good sense of what appeals to children. A wide black border running vertically along one or both pages of the spread acts as a fact box, carrying information (printed in white) that kids might need to know to understand a specific poem, as well as intriguing related factoids. Schuett’s mixed-media artwork digitally combines appealing gouache paintings with more formal printed elements that bring subtle texture and a sense of fathomless depth and mystery to the best illustrations here. Recommended for both library poetry collections and classroom astronomy units. Grades 3-5. --Carolyn Phelan

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Publishers Weekly, February 2012:
"An evocative mix of the whimsical and the scientific."

School Library Journal:
"The picture-book blend of poetry, nonfiction, and vivid extraterrestrial views is an inviting browsing item and an attractive introduction to space travel."
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375864598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375864599
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amy Sklansky's love affair with books began long before she could read, continued through the "reading under the covers with a flashlight" years, then found a career outlet at HarperCollins Children's Books in New York City and Studio Goodwin Sturges in Boston. After editing for several years, Amy began writing her own books.

Amy's first book, From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On, explores the canine world with 25 poems told from a dog's point of view. It was praised by School Library Journal for its "easy rhymes and bouncy rhythm."

Her second book, Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween, celebrates the spooky and silly aspects of Halloween. This poetry collection was called "engaging" by School Library Journal and "a treat" by Kirkus.

Amy's first nonfiction picture book, Where Do Chicks Come From? (illustrated by Pam Paparone), introduces the development of a chick. Booklist wrote: "neither flowery nor clinical, Sklansky's straight- forward presentation hits just the right tone for young children who will find details of life inside the egg fascinating."

Amy's fourth book, My Daddy and Me (illustrated by Ard Hoyt), is a universal story of love between father and child. "Forget the tie and the 'No. 1 Dad' mug," wrote The Florida Times-Union. "[The book] is a sweet but not cloying story that makes a great Father's Day gift."

Amy's fifth book, The Duck Who Played the Kazoo (illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke), tells the story of a lonely, kazoo-playing duck on a quest for joy and companionship. Booklist noted its "rhyming couplets, punctuated with an onomatopoeic kazoo-blast refrain" and "graceful, lulling rhythms."

Her first original board book, You Are My Little Cupcake, celebrates the sweetness of babies with scrumptious illustrations by Talitha Shipman. This delicious title hit #1 on the St. Louis Independent Bookstores Bestseller List and was featured in Scholastic's Parent & Child Magazine.

Amy's latest book, Out of This World: Poems and Facts about Space (illustrated by Stacey Schuett), features poems about planets, stars, moon landings, satellites and more. Each poem is accompanied by an informative factual exploration of the poem's subject matter. Publishers Weekly called it "an evocative mix of the whimsical and the scientific."

Amy lives with her husband and two children in St. Louis, Missouri.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gail Edgar on February 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Loved the factual, informative side of the book combined with the poetry. Can't wait for the reaction from the children! Also thought it was well illustrated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill A Allen on February 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Review by my 14 year old son:

I thought this book was extremely informative about some of the facts about space. Each fact had an accompanying poem which was really neat. My favorite poem was "Weightless Wonder" about zero gravity in space. I am 14 years old and even though this book is meant for kids, I enjoyed reading it. The illustrations were cool, especially the space suit one. I plan to read this book to my younger brother and I'm sure he will like it, too. -Duncan N. Allen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Sandford on August 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Concrete, Haiku, and otherwise, these poems are fabulous! The author has an incredible aptitude for imbuing intriguing facts into engaging poems. Captivating illustrations complement the poems entirely. Sidebars illuminate each poem with (sometimes) little known facts: I didn't know Venus' rotation is different than the other planets, or that Uranus rotates on its side. As a librarian, I'm hard-pressed where to classify this book--with poetry or astronomy? This is a perfect classroom, library, or personal book for your favorite star-gazer.And, finally, the perfect rhyme to answer the question: Twinkle, twinkle, little star/ how I wonder what you are.
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