I found this book a while ago in the discounted book room of my favorite book store. I will pretty much buy any picture book by Patricia Polacco. Her advanced picture books are based on her life and the people that she knows. I knew that, but for some reason I thought this book was set back in time — say around the 1800s — where a village spotted a meteor! Suffice it to say that I should not judge a picture book by its cover.
This book, in fact, is about the meteor that landed in her grandparents farm during the time she and her brother were visiting (and her mother was going through a divorce). The meteor was real and the farm is in Union City, Michigan. Patricia Polacco even held a meteor festival this past July.
METEOR FESTIVAL 2011
Meteor Festival Tickets Available Now!
Sat, July 9, 2011
10 AM to 5 PM
$10 Adults – Kids 12 and under Free
Please send check or money order to:
PO Box 68
Union City, MI 49094
If you read this book with your child and it elicits interest in all things meteoric, then please explore the science of meteor links below. If you happen to find a real meteor (and a link to find out if your meteor is real is below), you can even sell it on eBay!
Science Picture Book with Meteor Activity
Meteor! by Patricia Polacco
When Patricia and her brother were young, they visited their grandparents’ farm in Union City, Michigan while their mother was going through a divorce. It’s a little village in the middle of nowhere. One day, an actual meteor fell to the ground right in their farm! This is a true story and the meteor was confirmed as such by scientists! [advanced picture book, ages 6-12]
Buying a piece of meteor on eBay according to National Geographic Weird But True iPhone iPad app OR sell a piece of a meteor that you find (assuming that you can get your hands on a metal detector!). Video below how to find a meteor!
Science of Meteors Kid Friendly Links
How to Find Meteorites
Asteroids, Comets and Meteors (Qed Solar System) by Rosalind Mist
Field Guide to Meteors and Meteorites by O. Richard Norton
p.s. A great fiction chapter book that I just finished is Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass for older kids with an interest in Astronomy. Meteors, comets, and other astronomy topics are woven into this book about eclipse seekers. Wendy Mass is just a really great author!
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