OLDER THAN THE STARS by Karen C. Fox
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OLDER THAN THE STARS

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Age Range: 5 - 9
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In this appealing picture-book introduction to cosmology, a cumulative rhyme presents the “big bang” theory of the origin and development of the universe and the idea that humans, along with everything else, are made of star stuff. Each double-page spread is illustrated with Davis’s lively supportive graphics done with pencil, cut paper and prints and digitally composed; each includes a breezy paragraph of more comprehensive explanation. The pages explode with color: vibrant oranges, yellows, pinks, purples and grayed greens. At first the “House that Jack Built” text tumbles, too, becoming more orderly as the chaos of the beginning structures itself into stars, the Earth and finally its inhabitants. A final timeline summarizes the chronological narrative, balancing 300,000 years on the left with nearly five billion years on the right but noting that it is not done to scale. A glossary offers more precise definitions of the terms used. This simple but effective presentation of a complicated theoretical model, the most commonly accepted explanation of the universe’s beginnings, will delight early readers and listeners with its personal connection. (Informational picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-57091-787-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Charlesbridge
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2010




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