Tag Archives: Astronomy

Meet the Planets – Caryl Hart. Illustrated by Bethan Woollvin

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9781408892985

Bloomsbury Australia

March 2020

ISBN: 9781408892985
Imprint: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

RRP: $14.99

Another terrific book to add to your ‘space/astronomy’ theme and this one is particularly well-suited to younger readers so if you are differentiating your study it would be perfect as a kick-start.

Engaging rhyming text which each heavenly body accompanied by a salient fact and outrageously vibrant and cute illustrations will totally engage not only keen budding astronomers but also those who may not yet be fascinated by the skies above. The colour scheme is wonderful and the touch of neon orange just pops from each page with the planets happy faces smiling their welcome to young readers.

Use this either as a complement to your unit of work or simply as a fun read-aloud – whichever will be a popular addition to your shelves.

Recommended highly for readers from around 4 years upwards.

 

Under the Milky Way – Frané Lessac

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Walker Books Australia

January 2020

ISBN: 9781536200959
Imprint: Candlewick
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99

 

I had the very great pleasure of meeting Frané at the 2019 Voices on the Coast Literature Festival (thank you again for the lovely sketch of Duffy!) and she is such a wonderful and warm, not to mention talented creator.

While arguably it is for her Australian themed books that (for most readers) she is best known, this one focuses on North America – the USA and Canada – and connects these by means of the Milky Way,  the splendour of which is something which we can all appreciate.

Each vibrant double spread focuses on one location and includes special little facts, both scientific and cultural, that will fascinate readers making this a very beautiful factional offering. It concludes with another spread which gives some fabulous astronomical information about our galaxy.

I absolutely adore this book – Frané’s illustrations alone are always such a joy – and there is no doubt in my mind that young readers will feel likewise. The subject matter is one which is somewhat neglected in our collections for kiddos but is certainly one that deserves to be better known.

Beneath a blanket of stars, crowds cheer at Little League games, campers share fireside stories, bull-riders hold on tight, and sled dogs race through falling snow — all under the Milky Way. Vivid artwork, engaging verses, and facts about the United States and Canada will captivate readers of all ages in a joyful offering from Frané Lessac.

Highly recommended for readers from around 7 years upwards.