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You Are Stardust Hardcover – Picture Book, September 11, 2012
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The artwork is superb! Each 2 page spread is a colorful diorama illustrating the text and my son (8) and I had fun figuring out the materials that were used in each piece.
We liked this book so much, we bought a second copy to give his Montessori classroom as a gift.
I think that the concepts introduced so gently and positively help set the foundation for other ventures into life science, astronomy, and physics. For instance, my son skinned his hand on the playground and, amidst the tears, told me it was ok because he would grow new skin, "just like in we are made of stardust, mummy."
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As for the story and images, it is hard to comment as I am not seeing them at their best, although personally I'd have preferred not to see the strings, which could have been taken out at a later stage with photo editing, as I feel they clutter the images, but perhaps they were kept to emphasise interconnectivity?
I usually enjoy dioramas, but this one feels too poorly printed, messy, and sometimes the text feels a little mawkish (eg blowing a kiss to spread pollen) or muddled ('You grow at night when your bones are resting, just like the sheep you count to help you sleep.' - how do sheep relate to growing?). Unless a child asks further questions, the words and text would puzzle a child. I feel the book is full of good intentions, but misses the mark, though I may simply be in a grumpy mood as I am disappointed with the quality of printing.