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Older than The Stars Paperback – July 1, 2011
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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series, and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Pre-order the official script book today. Kindle | Hardcover
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- Easy for young children to grasp.
- Fun and engaging.
- Beautiful art.
- Like a lot of these books, it subtlely elevates humans above other animals as if we're the pinnacle of evolution.
Starting with the Big Bang, her evolving rhyme -- "This is the Bang" etc., kind of like "There once was a woman who swallowed a fly" -- goes through the creation of atoms, their diffusion through space in star formation and supernovae, and ultimately the formation of our sun and Earth and its inhabitants.
With my five year old, just reading the rhyming part is enough. But on each page there is also a smaller more science-y text that older kids will find appealing, coupled with a glossary at the end and a timeline of the universe. The illustrations are beautiful and dynamic. I liked how the theme of stars was echoed in many of the drawings.
All in all this is a very satisfying book that I look forward to my daughters turning to over the next few years and continuing to gain more as their reading and understanding match the book's universal story.
If you remember this song from Hair, you're probably a grandparent like me. And what grandparent or parent doesn't want the kids they love to know they're made of star stuff? It's an indispensable message.
Once I ordered this and read it, my only problem was deciding whether to send it to the precocious two-year-old or the phenomenal eight-year-old. When they got together with my copy last week I realized it was great for both, with the catchy House-that-Jack-built refrains and the scientific information running together on every spread. I'm going to keep mine AND order two more!
Each page has 2 versions of a "story" or information about "the big bang," and the toddler version of the "story" is just repetitious… the sentences build on each other, rather like the 12 days of Christmas, and the words mean very little. The illustrations do nothing to add to the meaning, either.
I don't understand why they couldn't stick with the theme on the first and last pages of the book… that's obviously what people are looking for. The information on each page (for older kids) is fine, but reads like a bad textbook, and I think a kid who is old enough to understand it would be WELL beyond this type of a kids' book anyway, and better served by a book with real illustrations of space and more kid friendly explanations.
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Beautiful book with a nice, eazy for kids explanation of difficult concepts.Published 18 hours ago by Jennifer Lees
This is my new favorite children's book.
If you have young kids who ask hard questions about the universe and evolution this is a must buy. Read more
It's a similar story telling method to The House That Jack Built, but set to a Sagan-y theme of how the universe was created and how it ties in to each person. Read morePublished 5 days ago by fp
my daughter (5) was completely fascinated by the way the story is told. It gave us lots to discuss, and definitely kept her interest. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Niki
Such a wonderful little book! Secular to the max, so if you have any problems with evolution and the like, look elsewhere :)Published 1 month ago by Erik Kelly
i love it. My 6 year old daughter was asking me how the solar system formed. I gave a brief description, and then remembered we had this book, which answers so much more.Published 2 months ago by Lana's Mama