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Older than The Stars Paperback – July 1, 2011
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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.
The one thing i don't love about this book is how many times the lines are repeated and it gets to be a long drawn out thing. Sometimes I just end up skipping a few lines.
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The pictures are lovely and really kept his attention. I'll work on the 5 year old this weekend.
It begins with the "bang when the world began" and deftly spells out the bits becoming atoms, and stars forming from gas clouds, more atoms getting spit out from stars, those atoms forming our Sun and Earth, and then the beginnings of life all the way up to humans, and to the reader of the book. If that sounds complicated, the book makes it feel simple and poetic.
The poem has a highly readable cadence - my son immediately begged for a second read-through after the first one, and few things keep his attention these days! The words on each page are part of the artwork, wrapping around stars and flying around with the atoms. And at each stage of the poem there is a small box with more in-depth text, for the parent's own reference and for when the child gets a bit older and wants to know more.
It begins and ends with the assertion that you are older than the stars and the planets, as old as the universe. It's a beautiful way to talk about our place in the stars.
We both love this book and it gets read regularly in our house.
A refreshing book to have to share with my children along side the C of E teachings of their school.