You Are Stardust

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You Are Stardust

Book by Elin Kelsey

Review by Fatima Khan, Associate Producer,

“Every tiny atom in our bodies came from a star that exploded long before we were born”.


You are Stardust is a wonderful book that teaches kids about universe & shows the connection of humans to nature in stunning illustrated dioramas. Erin Kelsey provides a science lesson in poetic language, in a way that younger kids can understand. It tells our origin story  about how we are all made of stardust and wonderfully connected on and to this Earth, simply moving forward in a grand evolution that began billions of years ago.  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. This book is full of fascinating facts that will keep the readers engaged. For example:

Inside your brain, electricity
stronger than lightening
powers your every thought.

You sneeze with the force of a tornado.
Wind rockets from your nose quicker
than a cheetah sprints.”

Kids will be amazed to learn these and other facts mentioned in the book that shows the ways we and nature are connected. For example, we see that people shed their hair much like trees shed their leaves, and how our life began with just a single atom, as was true for the lives of fish, dinosaurs and other living things, ways that animals are dependent upon each other & that whale and bats each get their friends to babysit?

It’s a great book to introduce your children to science and how we fit into the universe. The art work in this book is amazing and different from other picture books. They are photographs of dioramas. It was also interesting to check out illustrator’s website to see more detail about how the illustrations were created along with tools to help kids create their own. This book can  open up a lot of great questions and discussions among kids & I would recommend this to all the parents.

I learned so many new things from nearly every page & I love the  message it gives & reminds us of how we are connected to nature. We are all connected. We are all stardust!

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