Once upon an Earth Day
in a cosmos way up high
all the stars did gather
like diamonds in the sky.
No one could sleep a wink
until each star compared
every single planet,
at least those that were their’s…

Every star had their favorite
and different was each one
but Earth was the favorite of the star they called the Sun.

Still each planet was so special from the first one to the last which caused the stars to argue over planets as they passed.

“Why pick planet three when there’s planet one or two? Mercury is the closest and Venus sure loves you.“

“But after a good meteor shower and it’s time to go to bed
I prefer Mars
it’s the only one that’s red.“

“But Jupiter is the biggest
and it’s not because he’s fat!
He even has more moons.
No one can argue that.”

“I can”, said another,
feeling rather bold!
“Saturn’s the only planet
with shiny rings of gold.”

“But Uranis is true blue.”
“And Neptune is all about the green. How could the Earth be better?

Sun, you just must not have seen.“

“All this noise about planets
just makes me want to shout! What about PLUTOIDS?
They’re so COOL and FAR OUT!”

So the Sun considered carefully each point the stars had made. But Sun was not so fickle
and his feelings did not fade.

Still puzzled by his choice,
the stars asked him just for fun, “What makes the Earth so special?“

“PEOPLE!“ Said the Sun.

“PEOPLE? What’s a people?
Whatever do you mean?
How can we understand
a thing we have not seen?”

“Just because they’re small
and somewhat hard to see,
that never is a reason
to not look carefully.”

This time the stars looked closer and peaked around a cloud.
“Oh my gosh we see them!“ exclaimed the stars out loud.

“Do people see us too?
They seem so far away.“

“They see planets, moons and stars
through the night
and me, I light their day!

And like planets, people differ. But this I truly know,
without people none of us would glow.

They have a special power
when they wish and you and I… The next thing you know
your lighting up the sky!”

At last the stars could see that sun was absolutely right and this begin their practice of twinkling every night!

Sweet dreams little ones
and when you go to bed
remember the stars all love you
as they twinkle overhead.


Ms. George’s Earth Day book is filled with adorable celestial characters hovering over fantastic images of our universe and outer space, captured and contributed by NASA. Each page is both inspirational and educational with its clever rhymes and beautiful images, appropriate for children, pre-school to second grade.


Ms. George’s first public reading was performed at The American Museum of Natural History, home of The Hayden Planetarium 2010 students of The Young Naturalist Class.

Barbara L. George at her premier reading April 22 & 23, 2010 (see photos below).


Myreah Moore (International TV Personality), Jennifer Belfiore (Instructor for Young Naturalists), Barbara L. George (Author and Illustrator) and Albert J. Mastice (Vice President of Global Garden)


Young Naturalists enjoy book reading

“Ms. George’s book encourages its readers to appreciate and embrace the diversity of our universe (the stars, moons, planets and plutoids) as well as our world and its wonderful cultural diversity!”

~ Class Rose Center, Hayden Planetarium,   AMNH


Barbara autographs books for Young Naturalists

“It was a great honor to be able to introduce Earth Day a Universal Bedtime Story at the home of the Hayden Planetarium.”

This year young people are treated to a very special YouTube animated video reading with wonderful, whimsical voiceovers characters: Voices – Universal Cast of Characters:

Barbara Lee George – Narrator & Saturn Fan
Even Steven Levee – The Sun & Plutoids Fan
Steve Nichol – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune Planet Fans

To schedule live reading, contact:


PHONE: (201) 305-5322