Prepare for the Eclipse With This Children’s Book

Posted April 7, 2024 by Richetta in Book Reviews, Children's Books / 0 Comments

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Prepare for the Eclipse With This Children’s BookA Few Beautiful Minutes by Kate Allen Fox
Illustrator: Khoa Le
on September 26, 2023
Genres: Juvenile Nonfiction / Concepts / Date & Time, Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Astronomy, Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Experiments & Projects, Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / General, Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Physics, Science / Space Science / Astronomy
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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A poetic and exquisitely illustrated tribute to the solar eclipse and the magic of togetherness, seen through the eyes of a child.​

What happens during a solar eclipse? The sun vanishes. Light becomes dark. Day animals sleep, and night animals wake. The moon takes over the sky. People stop what they're doing and together, they look up. The whole world changes for a few beautiful minutes.

Celebrating a favorite wonder of the universe, A Few Beautiful Minutes encourages young readers to (safely) discover each stage of a solar eclipse, and to experience how this incredible phenomenon can connect us to one another.

Looking for a last minute book to teach your kids about the solar eclipse coming on Monday? Check out A Few Beautiful Minutes: Experiencing a Solar Eclipse by Kate Allen Fox and Khoa Lee.  It’s a great lyrical introduction to the phenomena of what happens leading up to and during a total eclipse. I love how peaceful and informative the language is. The illustrations show a connection to nature and community. It also has a lot of information in the back of the book that includes an eclipse timeline, website resources, and how to make your own sun viewer out of a box. 

Donate Your Glasses After the Eclipse

I recently came across this resource for eclipse glasses donations. There is a group that will be collecting used, undamaged eclipse glasses to give to children in South America. Argentina and Peru will be in the path of totality. This will help provide them with a safe viewing experience in October 2024. Here is the website:

timeline of eclipse

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