Totality! An Eclipse Guide in Rhyme and Science

Are you ready for the 2023 and 2024 North American solar eclipses? Totality! An Eclipse Guide in Rhyme and Science features a unique combination of rhyme (and science that makes it suitable for readers of all ages, as well as parents and teachers. The engaging rhyme, with a couplet on each page, has been pedagogically constructed to serve as a mnemonic device for the underlying science, which is further explained through beautiful illustrations and “Big Kid Box” sidebars.

Tens of millions of people came out to view the 2017 total solar eclipse, the first in the US in nearly four decades. Now we are approaching an even more exciting, back-to-back pair of US eclipses: an annular eclipse on Oct. 14, 2023 and a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. You won’t want to miss them!

The book concludes with a glossary, suggested activities, and an eclipse science summary — features that will add particular value for parents and teachers learning along with their kids or students. Written by Jeffrey Bennett. Hardcover. 32 pgs. Ages 9-12. Copyright 2022. Includes 2 pairs of safe solar glasses.

This new book pairs well with the free app “Totality by Big Kid Science.”

Totality! An Eclipse Guide in Rhyme and Science has been selected for launch to the International Space Station for Story Time From Space.

“The most 100% correct eclipse poem ever! Jeffrey Bennett has created a witty ditty, with the science behind the rhyme, just in time for the next solar eclipse shadows crossing the United States.”
— Megan Donahue, Michigan State University and Past President, American Astronomical Society


“A fantastic combination of art and science, Totality is relevant and timely for students and a valuable resource any the classroom.”
— Sarah Haisley, Chair of Elementary & Special Education, Ivy Tech Community College