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There's a reason why people write poems about the night sky. When you look up, the marvel of our solar system is overwhelming. And the more you find our about it, the more awe inspiring our solar system becomes! 

Coming May 7, 2024
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With new, powerful computers and cameras, we know more about space than ever before. Scientists are discovering that the solar system is even more surprising, miraculous, bizarre and poetic than we thought.


Poetic? Actually, planetary scientists — the people who study the planets, satellites and other bodies in our solar system — are some of the most poetic people around! They need to describe our universe, but our universe is so incredible it’s almost impossible to find the words. So they try to capture your imagination using images and metaphors.

In A Planet is a Poem each element in our solar system is explored as a different poetic form. You'll discover why an Ode is just right for the Sun, a Villanelle is perfect for Venus, and a Sestina is a complex puzzle perfect for Saturn. Every planet has its own rhythm and characteristics! With bright and joyful illustrations by Oliver Averill, A Planet is a Poem is a book to take you dancing to the outer edges of our solar system!


Ages 7 - 12. Kids Can Press. May, 2024

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