The Stuff of Stars is a gorgeously written and illustrated exploration of the origins of the universe.
I was hooked on The Stuff of Stars from the moment I saw the stunning cover with its swirling images and vivid colors. The rest of the pages are as visually appealing. As I flipped the pages, I found myself using my finger to trace some of the colorfully explosive images that convey a sense of motion and emotion. Kudos to illustrator Ekua Holmes for creating a book that's truly a work of art.
The text of The Stuff of Stars is equally lyrical and evocative, beginning with the opening line: In the dark, in the dark, in the deep, deep, dark.. Author Marion Dane Bauer makes expert use of repetition, strong action verbs, concise text and some unexpected words (hippopotami, mitochondria) to trace the origins of the universe, the earth and then YOU, the reader. With lines like Waiting, waiting, dividing, changing, growing. Until at last, YOU burst into the world, The Stuff of Stars is poetically playful, the type of book that begs to be read and re-read.
On her author page, Marion Dane Bauer has a link to a Pinterest page with STEM resources related to the topics covered in the book.
I discovered The Stuff of Stars at the library, but definitely tend to make it part of my permanent picture book collection.
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