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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Pluto is a dwarf planet and Mercury looks like a “tiny little white spot under the moon” and it’s actually the closest planet to the sun. Venus, next to the moon, usually “shines the brightest in the sky.” A fun way to learn and remember the order of the planets starting at the sun is a cute phrase: My Very Entertaining Mom Just Sat Under Neptune. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. Looking at the night sky, it’s amazing what one can see. The sky is a canvas of lights and colors that envelope the earth like a work of art.
Artist and author, Eva Newermann is a retired flight attendant and purser, a mother and a grandmother. The other author, Line Newermann, is a horse whisperer. Their book, The Universe a Work of Art, is a collaboration of research, writing and art. Eva Newermann is the artist and all the paintings in the book are her work. This is a wonderful book for young readers to learn about the universe and to appreciate the artistic beauty of the sky. The book focuses on the planets in our solar system, and provides interesting tidbits of information, as well as colorful paintings as illustration, to introduce young readers to and help them understand the planets around us.
The book begins with an interesting narrative, a childhood memory of Eva sharing precious story time with her father who was a magician. He made the night sky magic for her as a child and she seeks to do the same for other children through her paintings. The book concludes with some creative exercises for young readers to help them remember what they learned in the book. This book is a marvelous treasure.