MINI REVIEWS: Journey Around the Sun & Busy Spring


Title: Journey Around the Sun: the Story of Halley’s Comet

Author: James Gladstone, Yaara Eshet (Illustrator)

Publisher: Owlkids Books

Publishing Date:  March 15th 2021

Format: eARC

Pages: 32

Age Category & Genre: Children’s, Nonfiction, History, Science

Purchase at: Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Indigo

Synopsis: Halley’s Comet tells its own history in this unique STEM book

Halley’s Comet, visible from Earth only once every 75 years, tells its own story in this unique informational picture book. With each return of the comet, the book highlights human life at that time, and how science has advanced toward a greater understanding of our universe.

Told in minimal, poetic text paired with detailed captions for context, the book begins with sightings in ancient civilizations, where for centuries, the comet was a mystery recorded in art and writing. From Edmond Halley’s successful prediction of the comet’s return in 1758, through the advent of technologies like cameras and eventually a spacecraft that photographed its ice core, Halley’s Comet tells an inspiring and wide-reaching story of scientific advancement and cultural history.
The book closes by inviting readers to wonder what our world might look like the next time Halley’s Comet is visible from earth, expected in 2061. What will the comet “see,” next time it passes by on its journey? 


**Thank you to Netgalley and Owlkids Books for providing me an eARC in exchange of an honest review. This, by any means, did not affect or influenced my review.**

This picture book talks about Halley’s Comet—a comet that can only be seen from Earth every 75-76 years, how people discovered it, and provides information about it. This also walks us through our history in which it was involved.

This is told in such entertaining way. The illustrations are beautiful, my favorites are those depicting how the comet was seen by people from different times and parts of the world over the time. Some were written in verse in which we see the POV of the comet itself and some were in paragraph form where more facts were given. Giving a comet a POV that it does not actually have was interesting, and I like it especially because it helps demonstrate how old it really is, how many things it has already “witnessed” here every time it comes back around our planet, and that it has been around during the rise and fall of civilizations and will continue to go back to journey close to the sun even if we, who are currently reading this book and learning about it, are no longer here.

I really like how specific the information this provides albeit brief. From Aristotle’s time, to how Chinese scientists recorded its every return except for one in 240 BCE, to how ancient Babylonians studied it as well with them noting the comet as far back as 164 BCE, to Edmond Halley predicting its return in 1758, and more. Closer to the end, it gives further and more technical facts about the comet but in a way that is easy to understand.

Overall, Journey Around the Sun: The Story of Halley’s Comet is an informative read accompanied by beautiful illustrations about Halley’s Comet and our history related to it. This is a good and fun introduction if you want to study the comet. I recommend especially for kids who are interested in STEM and specifically about things in the outer space.

Lastly, this made me ask… will I ever see this comet in my lifetime? I hope so.

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Title: Busy Spring: Nature Wakes Up

Author: Sean Taylor, Alex Morss, Cinyee Chiu (Illustrations)

Publisher: Words & Pictures

Publishing Date:  March 16th 2021

Format: eARC

Pages: 32

Age Category & Genre: Children’s, Nonfiction, Environment

Purchase at: Barnes & Noble The Book Depository | Indigo

Synopsis: After a long sleepy winter, the trees, flowers, and animals are getting ready for a busy spring. Discover all the different ways nature wakes up when spring arrives in this story of a family exploring their garden. 

Nonfiction facts included in the back.


**Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group and Netgalley for providing me a review copy in exchange of an honest review. This, by any means, did not affect nor influence my review.**

Such beautiful book just as the spring itself. Busy Spring: Nature Wakes Up features two girls and their father who all went out to their garden because winter is over, it is finally spring, and there are things to be done in their garden.

I love the illustrations so much. It is so beautiful and adorable and perfectly captures the beauty and warmth of spring. While they were in the garden their father taught them things about nature, from the flowers to the animals living there. Though it was quick, the beautiful relationship of this family, especially the siblings, was easy to see. They have even made me smile at some parts, seeing how adorable kids can be. Further, into the later parts it discussed more facts about nature, like what is spring, plants, and animals and their relationship with one another, all in a simple manner that can easily be understood. I admit, even I as an adult, am not aware of some of those facts. It also addresses climate change and the fact that kids can help nature too even in little ways, and gives few ways on how.

Overall, Busy Spring is a quick, fun, and informative book perfect to read with kids while teaching them or introducing them to nature. The illustrations will surely help kids be more engaged and interested to read the book and hopefully to learn more about the subject too. I recommend.


Have you read Journey Around the Sun or Busy Spring? Did you enjoy them as well? What is your favorite Children’s and picture book? Let’s chat below!


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