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Totality! An Eclipse Guide in Rhyme and Science by Jeffrey Bennett is an educational children’s book that focuses on the science of solar eclipses. The USA, Mexico, and Canada will be experiencing an annular eclipse on October 14, 2023, and a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, so this book is timely and relevant. The book contains easy-to-remember rhyming couplets and images that visually explain the event. It also has instructions on how to best experience the solar eclipse with the free tracking app and special glasses that come with the purchase. Most pages also contain a highly informative Big Kid Box that has detailed discussions of the natural phenomenon. At the end of the book, readers can find a glossary, suggested activities, and a one-page eclipse science summary.
Jeffrey Bennet’s Totality! is an informative and entertaining book for children of all ages, as well as adults. I found the photographs and diagrams most helpful in understanding the science of solar eclipses. This book is well-researched and designed and readers will certainly appreciate the combination of rhyme and science to make learning fun for kids. The rhyming couplets should appeal to younger children as they look forward to their first sighting of a solar eclipse. This is a gem of a book for parents and teachers. A treasure trove of information, the book has everything you want to know about solar eclipses. I recommend it to readers of all ages!