Before the universe was formed, before time and space existed, there was … nothing. But then … BANG! Stars caught fire and burned so long that they exploded, flinging stardust everywhere. And the ash of those stars turned into planets. Into our Earth. And into us. In a poetic text, Marion Dane Bauer takes readers from the trillionth of a second when our universe was born to the singularities that became each one of us, while vivid illustrations by Ekua Holmes capture the void before the Big Bang and the ensuing life that burst across galaxies. A seamless blend of science and art, this picture book reveals the composition of our world and beyond — and how we are all the stuff of stars.
The Stuff of Stars is an ideal book for home, reading aloud, life celebrations, and as a way to begin discussions about science.
In the classroom and library, The Stuff of Stars is a a poetic and breathtakingly beautiful way to open science units about animals, the earth, outer space, human beings, and evolution. It will ignite imaginations when used as a mentor text for poetry units.
In each Bookstorm™, we offer a bibliography of books that have close ties to the the featured book. You’ll find books, articles, websites, and videos for a variety of tastes and interests.
Animals of the Earth. The author and illustrator include many animals in The Stuff of Stars, from hippopotamuses to horses to larks. Look closely for them in Ekua Holmes’ illustrations. Use The Stuff of Stars to begin your learning about animals everywhere.
Babies. Babies and older children (and adults) love books about babies. The Stuff of Stars is a celebration of birth. You’ll enjoy exploring these books.
Human Body. How amazing our bodies are! We recommend books that will help you talk in age-appropriate ways about the wonders of human beings.
Marbling. Illustrator Ekua Holmes uses a paper marbling techhnique to begin her art for The Stuff of Stars … and then she lifts that artform to a new level. Perhaps you’d like to try paper marbling in a classroom or after school setting?
Our Earth. From Todd Parr’s The Earth Book to Lisa Bullard’s Earth Day Every Day to Oliver Jeffers’ Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, you’ll find inspiration for studying fascinating aspects of our home planet.
Our Universe is Born / Evolution. We offer a number of books that will bring scientific theories of evolution into sharper focus. How was our universe born?
Planets and Stars. A website with a star wheel, a video demonstrating how to use a star chart, and several excellent books will help you along your way to navigating the planets and the stars.
Poetry. Marion Dane Bauer’s poem can be used as a mentor text in your classroom, along with books on showcased subjects by Douglas Florian, Joseph Bruchac, Laura Purdie Salas, and more.
Resources for Adults. The author was originally inspired by Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos.” That book and several others are recommended.
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