You Are Stardust

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You Are Stardust
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4+
Release Date
September 11, 2012
ISBN
978-1926973357
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You Are Stardust begins by introducing the idea that every tiny atom in our bodies came from a star that exploded long before we were born. From its opening pages, the book suggests that we are intimately connected to the natural world; it compares the way we learn to speak to the way baby birds learn to sing, and the growth of human bodies to the growth of forests. Award-winning author Elin Kelsey — along with a number of concerned parents and educators around the world — believes children are losing touch with nature. This innovative picture book aims to reintroduce children to their innate relationship with the world around them by sharing many of the surprising ways that we are all connected to the natural world.

Grounded in current science, this extraordinary picture book provides opportunities for children to use their imaginations and wonder about some big ideas. Soyeon Kim’s incredible diorama art enhances the poetic text, and her creative process is explored in full on the reverse side of the book’s jacket, which features comments from the artist. Young readers will want to pore over each page of this book, exploring the detailed artwork and pondering the message of the text, excited to find out just how connected to the Earth they really are.

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This book is STUNNING.
(Updated: October 20, 2012)
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
I adored the unique style and writing in this book. It begins with telling the reader about how we all began as "stardust," according to science. Hey, maybe we're not all in agreement about that first statement, but everything that follows is backed up by science and has a flow to it emphasizing our connection to nature. The book also includes lots of other interesting facts about our water, our skin, our hair, and the air we breathe. Fluid, ethereal photos of diorama art depicting different scenes from the natural world bring it all together in this lovely book. It will inspire you and your children to get outside and explore the incredible creation all around you.
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