This companion to Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up soars into space with a perfect fusion of poetry and science, accompanied by breathtaking illustrations.

one minuscule speck
grows into the universe
a mind-boggling birth

This stunning meeting of poetic form and luminous artwork transports us out of the bounds of Earth, past a lunar eclipse, beyond the orbiting planets, and into glowing galaxies and twinkling constellations. Sally M. Walker uses her award-winning skill as a writer of nonfiction to explore space through clever haiku, accompanied by narrative explanations of wonders that are out of this world. Illustrator Matthew Trueman imagines the explosive Big Bang and awe-inspiring meteor showers in spectacular views that no telescope could offer. Comprehensive, well-researched back matter further explores such topics as constellations and astronomers, the birth of the universe, stars, the solar system, moons and eclipses, asteroids, meteors, and comets, as well as a glossary of terms, a bibliography, and online resources for readers with an eye to what lies beyond Earth.


Sally M. Walker is the award-winning author of more than sixty books for children, including the companion book Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up, illustrated by William Grill. She is also the author of Sinking the Sultana: A Civil War Story of Imprisonment, Greed, and a Doomed Journey Home and Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree, an Orbis Pictus Honor Book. She says that researching and writing Boundaries: How the Mason-Dixon Line Settled a Family Feud and Divided a Nation led her to the amazing world of stars and outer space. Sally M. Walker lives in Illinois.


This collection of haiku about outer space combines cleverly descriptive words with rich illustrations for an artistic and scientific look beyond our world. . . . The perspective of Trueman’s illustrations will make readers feel as if they are floating in the middle of the galaxy. . . creative, beautiful, and educational.

School Library Journal

In this stunning union of poetry, art and science, haiku is used to explore the universe through a lunar eclipse, beyond the orbiting planets, and into glowing galaxies and twinkling constellations.

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