You Are Stardust

You Are Stardust

Book - 2012
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You Are Stardust begins by introducing the idea that every tiny atom in our bodies came from a star that exploded long before we were born. From its opening pages, the book suggests that we are intimately connected to the natural world; it compares the way we learn to speak to the way baby birds learn to sing, and the growth of human bodies to the growth of forests. Award-winning author Elin Kelsey -- along with a number of concerned parents and educators around the world -- believes children are losing touch with nature. This innovative picture book aims to reintroduce children to their innate relationship with the world around them by sharing many of the surprising ways that we are all connected to the natural world.
Grounded in current science, this extraordinary picture book provides opportunities for children to use their imaginations and wonder about some big ideas. Soyeon Kim's incredible diorama art enhances the poetic text, and her creative process is explored in full on the reverse side of the book's jacket, which features comments from the artist. Young readers will want to pore over each page of this book, exploring the detailed artwork and pondering the message of the text, excited to find out just how connected to the Earth they really are.
Publisher: Toronto : Owlkids Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781926973357
Branch Call Number: Z KEL
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kim, Soyeon - Illustrator

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This is one of those illustrator/author combos made in literati heaven: Elin Kelsey's thought-provoking storytelling pairs beautifully with Soyeun Kim's mixed media collages. Be sure to check out their "Wild Ideas" too, also available at the Calgary Public Library!

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alex_m May 11, 2015

Sometimes, thinking about how small we are in the grand scheme of things can be overwhelming... sometimes in can be inspiring! With a focus on science, social issues, and current events, the fact that we are part of the universe means our respect for and responsibility to the universe can have BI... Read More »


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VaughanPLKelly Apr 08, 2017

The dioramas created by Soyeon Kim express the ideas of author Elin Kelsey, in this lovely book which reminds us that everything is connected.

LifeofCat Jan 28, 2014

The science of life is beautiful and this wonderful picture book proves just that.

UPSHAWSTARS Apr 03, 2013

The Upshawstars gave this book one star. Many of us liked it because it taught us something new! It connected our lives to things we didn't know. Many of us also didn't like it as much because it was tricky to understand at parts and didn't have as much detail as other stories we are used to reading.

lilybelle Feb 07, 2013

Wonderful! Kelsey's poetic text and Kim's whimsical artwork remind readers young and old of the deep bond of humans to their natural world. A great non-fiction/picture book that encourages big questions, discussion, philosophizing and of course, imagination.

Holidaykat Jan 31, 2013

What a fantastic book! It really shows how we are connected with the Earth. Everyone should read this book and feel how important it is to treat our home with respect. It's the only one we have.

littlereader3388 Jan 08, 2013

I love the imaginative illustrations in this book!

forbesrachel Jan 03, 2013

The story starts with a brief history of the origins of not only humans but all of nature, and from there continues to show how connected and similar we are to nature. This non-fiction book is more like a fiction book and is incredibly beautiful in its message. The pictures are made up of cut paper, and various other materials to make a 3D environment, this unique approach only adds to how beautiful the story is.

n_blue Nov 28, 2012

Agreed! This book is beautifully written and illustrated with a beautiful message all children should share in.

McIndoo Oct 31, 2012

This book is a gem! It's filled with brilliant mixed-art illustrations and wise text.

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