Blast Off: Poems About Space (I Can Read!)

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An easy-to-read collection of poetry for the young reader explores outer space, the sun, moon, planets, and stars as they are explored in an anthology featuring contributions from Eve Merriam, Ashley Bryan, Karla Kuskin, and others. Reprint.

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Noted poet Lee Bennett Hopkins has edited or authored numerous books for children, including the I Can Read Books Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees; A Pet for Me: Poems; and the ALA Notable Children's Book Surprises. The recipient of a Christopher Award and the University of Southern Mississippi's Medallion for "lasting contributions to children's literature," Mr. Hopkins lives in Florida.



Melissa Sweet has illustrated many award-winning books for children, including A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant, a 2009 Caldecott Honor Book, an NCTE Notable Children's Book, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. She has also written and illustrated Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, Tupelo Rides the Rails, and Carmine: A Little More Red, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 2005. Her collages and paintings have appeared in the New York Times and Martha Stewart Living.

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Grade 1-3?Hopkins's fifth gathering of poetry in easy-reader format seldom lifts readers off the ground. Nine of the 20 selections are simple invitations to appreciate the sun, moon, stars, or falling stars; Jane Yolen's "Letter to the Moon" is an apology for the "mess" left behind by astronauts; and few readers will be transported by Hopkins's offering: "A rocket ship/will take you far/to see a crater,/quasar,/star/...Blast off, child/it's/time/for/flight." The poems are short, mostly rhymed, and their use of language ranges from the simple lyricism of Ashley Bryan's "Song"?"Sing to the sun/It will listen/And warm your words...Sing to the moon/It will hear/And soothe your cares"?to a semantically confusing extract from Joanne Oppenheim's Have You Seen Roads? (Addison-Wesley, 1969; o.p.): "Wheeless/Wingless/Weightless/Unknown roads in space await us." In Sweet's delicate watercolors, children play, dance, or look up contemplatively in a variety of city, country, and extraterrestrial settings. Despite plenty of humor and high spirits, as a tour of the universe this title makes more of a small step than a giant leap.?John Peters, New York Public Library
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