From School Library Journal
Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 4–This elegant picture book introduces the concept of dust–what it is, how it travels, and how it stays with us through time. In language both poetic and informative ("That dusty film on your computer screen/might have muddied a dinosaur"), Sayre conveys a sense of wonder at the many small things–"a crumbling leaf, the eyelash of a seal, the scales of a snake"–that make up dust and how it unites people across space and time. An interesting afterword expands on a theme raised in the text–the effect of this substance on the color of sunrises and sunsets–and offers more background information. Jonas's borderless watercolor artwork has an impressionist quality that complements the spare text. This book is ideal for classroom use, and is both straightforward enough for preschoolers and fascinating enough to capture the interest of older elementary students.–Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
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K-Gr. 3. Lowly dust gets a poetic treatment in a picture book that tells all about dust's what and where, and sometimes its why. Using free verse, Sayre explains how dust is made everywhere: "A flower drops pollen. / A dog shakes dirt from its fur. / A butterfly flutters, / and scales fall off its wings." Much of the rest of the text catalogs a litany of dust sources: a crumbling leaf, the smoke from burning toast, ash from a volcano. Perhaps most interesting to children will be the news that dust under the bed may be a part of a comet or a bit of the moon. The watercolors in the well-composed two-page spreads sometimes soar (a wave's spray casting dust), but there are also smaller images, such as dust from a farmer's plow, that are equally effective. Adults will need to help kids with the two-page note about dust and sunsets (dust causes the colors), which will be fascinating news to many. Teachers and parents will find uses for this. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved