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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge; Reprint edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570917884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570917882
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen C. Fox is a science writer for newspapers, magazines, radio, and the internet. She is also the author of THE BIG BANG THEORY: WHAT IT IS, WHERE IT CAME FROM, AND HOW IT WORKS and THE CHAIN REACTION: PIONEERS OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE. Karen lives in Washington, DC.

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Karen C. Fox is a veteran science writer who has covered physics and astrophysics since 1991. Her writing has run the gamut from describing stellar fusion for children's books to magazine articles on particle accelerators to developing NIST's website on establishing national energy and environmental impact standards to producing a teacher's guide on low-temperature physics. She believes anyone can understand complex physics when explained properly, and prides herself on producing successful, factual, and enjoyable science translations for lay audiences.

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They beg me to read it at least once a day.
Delilah
I love reading this to my little brother, it's easy to understand and fun to read; however, the pictures are very distracting.
Chelsea
The illustrations are beautiful and dynamic.
Joshua Jacobs

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mary Liepold on April 8, 2010
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and we have to get ourselves back to the garden."

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!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Jacobs on April 8, 2010
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Karen Fox's book does a wonderful job of presenting a brief history of the universe, from Big Bang to the kid reading the book, with parallel textual tracks that provide just enough for younger readers and more science heft for older kids.

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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JBB on February 5, 2010
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My 4 year old and I love this book. It has a terrific rhyming scheme, great pictures, and of course answers some of life's big questions (way better, incidentally, than I was doing on my own). Highly recommend!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Hawkins on July 4, 2013
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What a cute, beautiful and fun approach to teaching about the origin of the universe. My daughter (3.5 yo) found it engaging and easy to understand for the most part. The recursive way of telling the story made the steps make sense to her in a way other books have not. We're strongly atheist but I don't think there is anything in this book that would insult most religious parents who want to expand their children's horizons a bit.

Pros:
- Easy for young children to grasp.
- Fun and engaging.
- Beautiful art.

Cons:
- Like a lot of these books, it subtlely elevates humans above other animals as if we're the pinnacle of evolution.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo on December 30, 2012
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The author does a pretty good job of getting the idea across that we are all part of the universe, without simultaneously brainwashing the child into believing that the whole thing MUST have been put in place by some kind of a higher power. Thanks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By maigen on December 16, 2012
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I really can't say enough about how great this book is. It starts of with the bang when the world began and each page expands on that and tells the complete story of how the universe was formed all the way up to how people became a part of it. Each page has both a short statement to add onto the simple, rhyming explanation and a longer, more detailed description of each event to add as they get a little older. My four year old loves it! It's a great intro to complicated ideas and a good foundation teaching children about what's real and what's made up
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mama11529 on July 20, 2013
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Contains toddler and elementary age explaniyiin of the beginnings of our universe and almost poetically explains how we are part of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Flinchum on April 8, 2012
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I have a 6 year old boy, and he's very interested in science. I myself study biology, so I know a bit about the subject. I had very high hopes for this book, and for the most part it was pretty good, but I was disappointed in the pictures. They are just ...blah. Not engaging. The cover is probably the best picture of all. My son also said "Mom, you can stop saying the repeating part." There's a repeating poem that builds, typical of picture books. But he did like the scientific bits. And the author did tie in how we are all made of stardust, which is such a lovely thing to tell a child.
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