Amy Sklansky and Stacey Schuett give young explorers the moon and stars and beyond!
The mysteries of the universe and the science of space exploration are perennialy popular subjects, and Out of This World is a wonderful introduction. Amy Sklansky has written evocative poems about planets and stars and rockets and moon landings and satellites. Each poem is supported by additional facts and explanations in the margins. Stacey Schuett brings it all to life with color-soaked skies and beautiful perspectives in her fabulous paintings.
Space is a subject too grand for poetry or prose alone, so this book offers both to help readers truly appreciate our place in space.
Sklansky contrasts light verse about the universe with facts about outer space (which appear in sidebars) in this gentle collection, while Schuett combines homey gouache cartoons with digitally rendered intergalactic details. After a pair of siblings blast off in a rocket, "The Earth/ fills/ their window/ and then/ drops away,/ like a/ basketball/ baseball/ golfball/ marble./ How far from home/ they've traveled today." Another boy contemplates visiting the planets, allowing Sklansky to work in some additional science ("On Venus, I could marvel/ at a sunrise in the west./ Nice... except sulfuric clouds/ do not encourage guests"). An evocative mix of the whimsical and the scientific. Ages 5 9.