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You Are a Star! Hardcover – September 18, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 8
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; Reprint edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802728413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802728418
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-K-Parker offers a charming explanation of the theory that we are made of star stuff, but the gentle simplicity of it begs for a technical elaboration that unfortunately is not provided. With spare text that is reminiscent of a parent talking quietly to a child at bedtime, the author tells the story of how the Earth came to be: a star heated up until it exploded, and the bits and pieces flew through space, some coming together to create all parts of our planet, including us. The idea of interconnectedness, that the night sky doesn't have to seem so vast and distant because we are a part of the stars residing there, is very comforting. Too much information would detract from the book's sweet appeal, but some kids will inevitably ask for a more scientific explanation, and they will not find it on the page of random facts at the end. Still, that's just a complaint of convenience. Overall, this is a soothing presentation for the younger set, a pleasant jumping-off point for a more in-depth exploration of our planet's beginnings. Rossell's illustrations, created with a variety of mediums, are initially centered on cream-colored pages sprinkled with watermarks of stars, but when the child is invited to soar into the night sky, the pages are completely awash in midnight blue and antique drawings of the constellations. A soft, thoughtful presentation.-Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, ARα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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It’s a concept that is both simple and as mind-boggling as the universe itself: almost all matter on Earth—from our bodies to the soil we stand on to the food we eat—was once forged in the burning core of a now-dead star. Parker tackles the weighty subject by eschewing the hard science for a down-to-earth, reassuring narration about the nighttime sky and our cosmic connection to it: that sky way, way above your bed is not cold and dark. It is the cradle from which you came. Featuring graphics evoking constellation charts, Rossell’s superb mixed-media illustrations convey the awesome immensity of space as a young child floats up, up, up to witness the explosion of a star and the stellar debris, like tiny little boats, that travels millions of miles to form our small green planet. A page of Star Facts concludes this poetic introduction to the cosmos and our starry origins. Sure to provoke plenty of follow-up questions, if not occasional goosebumps. Preschool-Grade 2. --Kristen McKulski

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pkinglib on September 15, 2013
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I love this book and so does my granddaughter. She got it first from the library and loved it, so I had to order it for her!! When I read it, I loved it too!! A real early education about stars!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 21, 2012
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Michael Parker , the author, has loved stars since he was a child. He has written a book that gives children a chance to learn about stars and a theory about how the Earth was formed. It is a gentle book with beautiful illustrations by Judith Rassell. You will learn many facts about the stars. As an adult I found them very interesting. I enjoyed the book.
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