Saturday, April 6, 2013

You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim

"You are stardust. Every tiny atom in your body came from a star that exploded long before you were born."

Environmental educator Dr. Elin Kelsey believes in the importance of reminding human beings that we are a part of the natural world. You Are Stardust, Kelsey's picture book for young children, is illustrated with whimsical dioramas by Korean-born artist Soyeon Kim, who now lives in Toronto.

The text is brief, yet full of amazing scientific facts. "The water swirling in your glass once filled the puddles where dinosaurs drank." "Your breath is alive with the promise of flowers. Each time you blow a kiss to the world, you spread pollen that might grow to be a new plant." "Inside your brain, electricity stronger than lightning powers your every thought." "From your head to your toes, inside and out, billions of teeny microorganisms live on planet You."

This is science writing to inspire curiosity and awe in children. It's a beautiful thing!

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