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STARS! STARS! STARS! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace


by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace & illustrated by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5612-4
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

Wallace’s latest brings back Minna, who is curious about stars (Fly, Monarch, Fly!, 2008, etc.). Her mom suggests a star-themed dinner (recipes included), a trip to Star Space at the Children’s Museum and some stargazing. Minna invites four friends along. Stellan greets them, asking each what they wonder about stars. The guide then leads them through the exhibits, answering their questions by asking them a few of his own. The basics are presented in easily digestible bites accompanied by interesting factoids. Among the topics explored: stars’ composition, temperature, color, distance, how stars are named, stellar navigation, what astronomers do and constellations and galaxies. Backmatter encourages children to do many of the same things that Minna enjoyed doing. The illustrations are the author’s trademark cut-paper collages, with the addition this time of photographs and computer-generated images of the galaxies, constellations, planets and sun. Make room on the shelf for this one. (Picture book. 4-8)