When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Nov 1, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
18 Reviews
Leave time for wonder.
Walt Whitman's "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" is an enduring celebration of the imagination. Here, Whitman's wise words are beautifully recast by New York Times #1 best-selling illustrator Loren Long to tell the story of a boy's fascination with the heavens. Toy rocket in hand, the boy finds himself in a crowded, stuffy lecture hall. At first he is amazed by the charts and the figures. But when he finds himself overwhelmed by the pontifications of an academic, he retreats to the great outdoors and does something as universal as the stars themselves...
he dreams.

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Loved the illustrations! - Goodreads
The illustrations are beautiful. - Goodreads
Humorous illustrations bring life to this poem. - Goodreads
beautiful poem, beautiful illustrations. - Goodreads

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User Review  - lruano - LibraryThing

There was a little boy who dreamed of the stars up above. When he went to the museum because an astronomer was going to have a lecture he seemed so excited. In the beginning he was amazed by the ... Read full review

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User Review  - jforrest21 - LibraryThing

This book was hard to understand and follow. I was a beautiful picture book with minimum words. It seemed to be a young boy that was bored while listening to the astronomer but was interested in he displays and visual aids. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Loren Long illustrated President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing; the newest version of The Little Engine that Could; Madonna’s second picture book, Mr. Peabody’s Apples; Nightsong by Ari Berk; and the Barnstormers series. He also illustrated Frank McCourt’s Angela and the Baby Jesus and is part of the Design Garage for Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown series. Loren’s work has appeared in Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. He lives with his wife and two sons in Westchester, Ohio. Visit him at LorenLong.com.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892), arguably one of America's most influential and innovative poets, was born into a working-class family in West Hills, New York, and grew up in Brooklyn. His Leaves of Grass, from which "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" comes, is considered one of the central volumes in the history of world poetry. While most other major writers of his time enjoyed a highly structured, classical education at private institutions, Whitman forged his own rough and informal curriculum, and his brief stint at teaching suggests that Whitman employed what were then progressive techniques -- encouraging students to think aloud rather than simply recite, and involving his students in educational games.

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