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Why? What? Where? How? Children are full of questions as their minds are busy figuring out the intricacies and immensities of themselves and their universe. Stardust Child was inspired by the words of renowned astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
“We are biologically connected to everything in the world. We are all, not figuratively, but literally, made of stardust.”
The story of Stardust Child celebrates that we all share the same essence despite limiting labels and cultural differences. Picture by picture, the story instills the concept of our oneness, our ecological interdependence, and the unique light that each of us brings to the world. Keep asking questions!
"Stardust Child is a quietly revolutionary children's book based upon the words of Neil deGrasse Tyson: 'We are biologically connected to everything in the world. We are all, not figuratively, but literally, made of stardust.' Modeling interconnectedness, the narrative of Stardust Child follows the poetic form of The House That Jack Built, substituting such narrative clues as follows: This is the stardust that made the atoms of the farmer who milks the cow that makes the milk that Stardust Child drinks. The story expands exponentially in the stardusted middle: These are the stars that shine in the night sky over the sea where the clouds form to water the grass the cow eats to make the milk that Stardust Child drinks. Stunning, galactic scenes of starburst colors show the interconnectedness of all life in the universe against a background of oceans, stars, moon, and sun, lighting up all the skies. Gradually the bright images of rainbow colored stardust become integrated into the black outlined forms of the cow, the farmer, and the Stardust Child. Stardust Child is a beautiful interpretation of the idea that 'we are biologically connected to everything in the world,' in the words of legendary astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Children of elementary school age and up will enjoy Stardust Child along with their parents. Midwest Book Review, October 2016
Author: Joann Leonard
Illustrator: William Schroder
Publisher: Eifrig Publishing
Publishing Date: April, 2017
Softcover: 34 pages
Age Range: 2 to 10 years