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Foreword: Black Holes, Stars, Earth and Mars—A Book of Astronomy Poems

By Neil deGrasse Tyson

From Black Holes, Stars, Earth and Mars—A Book of Astronomy Poems by Sean Raymond, illustrated by Owen Raymond.

Book cover for Black Holes, Stars, Earth and Mars: Astronomy poems for all ages by Sean Raymond.

Ever learn science from a rhyme?
Rather than doubt, try it and see.
It happens here—it’s about time.
Ready to begin? Follow me.

Sean Raymond, father, and his son
Wrote this book with a special plan—
That while you learn, why not have fun?
No way! You say. But yes, you can.

Words. Drawings. That’s their alliance.
They formed a team. They both took part.
They’ve got it down to a science.
And even raised it to an art.

It has been said, and some will teach
That stars above are out of reach.
But in these pages, the stars are near.
No need to dread. No need to fear.

Read with delight, and do ask, Why?
All your questions they will explore
As you journey across the sky
With poems that you will adore.