Star of the Party: The Solar System Celebrates!Featured
The planets are throwing Sun a birthday party! Mercury wants to thank Sun for how close they are. (Being the closest planet has its perks.) Earth enjoys Sun's warmth. And all the planets want to celebrate Sun's magnetic personality.
But party planning takes work. Do they even have room for all of Jupiter's moon? Don't space out. It's time for this star-studded event!
Blast off with Jan Carr and Pura Belpre Award-winning illustrator Juana Medina's quick-witted and fact-filled picture book about the solar system and all of its (inter)stellar inhabitants.
What I loved: This is such a delightful way to learn basic facts about the solar system. The planets are infused with a lot of personality and silliness that is sure to make children giggle. The premise makes it a fiction book that somewhat subtly teaches about space in a way that children will find approachable. As a resource, this would be a great choice for the classroom to spark an interest in learning more and could definitely inspire throwing a party for the sun - it is a pretty cool feature of our solar system. The illustrations are great, capturing the personalities of the planets with a cute, cartoonish style.
What left me wanting more: The book is a bit lengthy, with quite a bit of text on each page, so it would work better for older children who won't mind if the pages turn slowly. The writing can be a bit awkward in places to get the information out.
Final verdict: STAR OF THE PARTY is a delightful and cute picture book that teaches about the solar system amidst a cute story. This would be great for elementary school classrooms and older picture book readers.