Sunday 15 March 2020

Meet the Planets by Caryl Hart and Bethan Woollvin

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Published by: Bloomsbury, 2020


Narrative non-fiction picture books are becoming increasingly popular on the bookshop shelves and who better to write this rhyming meet and greet with the planets than rhythmic picture book master, Caryl Hart.
Calling all space fans! Let's climb into a rocket and whoosh off to see what's a-waiting in the vast darkness of our solar system. The planets are colourful, unique, extremely friendly and looking forward to receiving visitors.
As we zip further away from the sun, note the change in temperature, size and materials. From gas to rock to rings, each stop offers something different, fun and entertaining. And when we're done exploring let's whizz back home to bed!
Told in delightful story format this is a perfect, informative introduction to the planets. The dazzling illustrations by Bethan Woollvin brings the space journey to life and gives each planet endearing personality. It's a fun, fact-filled voyage that makes the mystery of the universe feel both real yet familiar, bringing it within the reach of little minds and making it memorable. No doubt after reading this, children will be chanting the verses, imitating the artwork and building on the learning.
As a teacher, I would highly recommend using this text within the classroom as a starting point for topic work, language and art. And as a parent, curl up and enjoy this joyful exploration with your little ones.

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