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Going Around the Sun by Marianne Berkes
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Going Around the Sun: 11/26/11

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I recently completed an astronomy themed project for a college course I'm taking. I had to read and annotate fourteen books aimed at certain age levels and from certain sub topics (biography, poetry, folktale). I'm not planning to post reviews on every book I read (as I had to read more than twelve to pare down from).

The first book I read for the project was Going Around the Sun by Marianne Berkes. It takes the poem "Over in the Meadow" and reworks it to teach about the planets in our solar system.

Each major heavenly body in the solar system gets its own page spread with a colorful illustration and a piece of the poem. Pluto, although it's now not officially one of the planets, is included as a "dwarf planet" and is shown doing its own thing.

The short stanzas and bold illustrations would lend themselves to being used for group story time. The poetry also can provide a mnemonic for children trying to learn about the solar system.

Four stars.

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