Did you know that not only are all things made of atoms but these same atoms once came from an exploding star? That’s right, that means that you, me, our pets and even our books have the universe inside them.
Everything is Connected
The more we think about this fact the more mind-blowing the thought becomes as the realisation emerges that everything on planet earth is a part of the whole universe. Think of yourself more like a cell within the body of the universe. You’re a small part of the body but essential to the mechanics of its entire function. So when you next feel detached from the world you live in, think bigger, put life into perspective and the infinite connections will become clear.
Book review on You are Stardust by author Elin Kelsey.
What’s it all about?
You Are Stardust draws comparisons between humans and the rest of the world. We like to think we’re the superior creatures on this planet but this beautiful children’s book gently shows us that all nature and living things are more alike than we care to recognise. We are all a part of the earth, just as the earth is a part of us; from what we are made of to what we do and how we feel and behave, the similarties may astound you.
Which age group is it aimed at?
The short and simple text suggests this book is aimed at 4-7 year olds but in practise it’s a thought-provoking book for any age.
It’s not often I feel a fondness for a book, but for this one I do. This book portrays a sense of modesty and oozes orginality.
Being a little longer than your average picture book, including fifteen double page spreads and illustrated with photographic artwork, it’s clearly a non-fiction book which is determined to break the picture book mould and stand out from the crowd. This empathic story of nature is an eye opener which reminds us of our connections to planet earth in an endearing but factual way.
Author: Elin Kelsey
Illustrator: Soyeon Kim
Publisher: Flying Eye Books, March 2016.
Our Rating: 5/5
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Source: Own copy