The Stuff Between the Stars
Vera Rubin was one of the astronomers who discovered and named dark matter, the thing that keeps the universe hanging together. Throughout her career she was never taken seriously as a scientist because she was one of the only female astronomers at that time, but she didn’t let that stop her. She made groundbreaking and incredibly significant discoveries that scientists have only recently been able to really appreciate—and she changed the way that we look at the universe. A stunning portrait of a little-known trailblazer, The Stuff Between the Stars tells Vera’s story and inspires the youngest readers who are just starting to look up at the stars.
It is clear in the first few pages of the story that the author did her research. The life of Rubin is followed closely, starting with her interest in seeing the stars outside her bedroom window. Nickel simplifies the concepts and makes them appealing for younger students, encouraging them to look up and learn more about astronomy. I especially like the bibliography and timeline at the end of the book. Here it gives the source material and lists out Rubin’s life.
This book would be a wonderful addition to a classroom library or for children who show an interest in the stars.