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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Owlkids; Teachers Edition edition (Sept. 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926973356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926973357
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.2 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We are made of earth and water and air and stardust, and we are more related to animals and plants than we ever imagined.

Everything about us is found in the natural world. Our atoms are from ancient stardust, and the water and salt that flows within us is part of the unchanging cycle that goes back to the beginning of time. We breathe pollen that, when released, may actually create a plant. We grow at night and seasonally shed and grow hair, in similar fashion to animals. We are also a living planet for millions of microorganisms. Kelsey doesn’t lecture or overcomplicate the information. She speaks directly to readers in a way that opens minds to big ideas and paves the way for thoughtful questions of their own. The litany of facts comes alive in vivid, descriptive language, lending a philosophical, elegant and mystical aura to current scientific findings. Kim’s incredibly unusual illustrations are sublime. Employing varied painting techniques, vivid colors, multidimensional cutouts, unexpected materials and unusual textures, she creates a view of nature that is at once real and otherworldly. This is a work that demands to be read and reread, studied and examined, and thoroughly digested. It is perfect for sparking adult and child conversations about our place in the universe.

A remarkable achievement.

(Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW 2012-07-26)

This is a book that reveals both the relationships and parallels between humans and the planet they live on, something children think about a lot...and it does so in a clear and compelling way...Don't miss this one, which begs to be shared intimately with children. Gather together, be still, and learn how we are stardust. (Julie Danielson Kirkus Book Blog Network 2012-09-14)

In You are Stardust, Elin Kelsey works magic. This lyrical book effortlessly connects kids to their timeless origins, and the natural world, while teaching them science too. Soyeon Kim's playful illustrations will allow children's imaginations to run wild, even as they will hang on the book's every word. Bravo! (Juliet Eilperin 2012-06-18)

An exquisite picture-book that instills that profound sense of connection with the natural world. Underpinning the narrative is a bold sense of optimism — a refreshing antidote to the fear-appeal strategy plaguing most environmental messages today…a thoughtful, beautiful piece of early science education presented by two women, the most heartening such example since Lauren Redniss’s Radioactive.
(Maria Popova Brain Pickings 2013-03-08)

Readers learn interesting facts about themselves and are urged to make parallels to the planet at large. Meanwhile paper cutouts of children travel from page to page in the mixed-media dioramas, illustrating the text's assertions in a fantastical way...each one provides much to consider and absorb. (Julie Roach School Library Journal 2012-09-01)

An exceptional collaboration. (ForeWord Reviews 2012-09-01)

These oddball leaps at marrying the natural world with typical kid-thoughts are evocative…[and] Kim's way of literally tying us to nature is as abstract, and as intriguing, as Kelsey's. (Booklist 2013-01-01)

Like the child pictured, who turns cartwheels on an overturned tree, readers, too, will join in this joyful ceremony of the cycle of life. (Jennifer M Brown Shelf Awareness for Readers 2012-11-30)

As the worlds of science and illustration continue to show, sometimes non-traditional forms of illustration - the whimsical, the mysterious, the abstract - are the best ways to draw in a new audience to scientific ideas...[You Are Stardust] transcends typical illustration and leaves room for children and adults alike to ponder the wonderful facts it presents. (Glendon Mellow Scientific American 2012-11-15)

This lyrical book effortlessly connects kids to their timeless origins and the natural world, while teaching them science as well. (Parent Reading Guide 2013 2013-09-26)

Kelsey's style is simple but not condescending, and there are enough 'wow' facts here to satisfy more cynical readers...and each turn of the page provides a whimsical new scene to explore. (Quill & Quire 2012-10-02)

This book is STUNNING...It will inspire you and your children to get outside and explore the incredible creation all around you. (YA & Kids Books Central 2012-10-20)

There is a lot to wonder about for a child, and Kelsey's simple but striking narrative is both poetry and science lesson, answering questions and raising many more for a young reader to wonder about -- the stuff of science and philosophy that all humans ponder, the mystery of it all. This little book can be the first to open up such wide thoughts. (Books for Kids 2012-10-03)

You Are Stardust is a poetic and helpful children's picture book that celebrates the bonds that unite us with the entire universe. (Spirituality & Practice 2012-11-08)

Kelsey is gifted with the ability to write for children as sensitive and thinking beings…an excellent addition to any home, school or public library. (CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials 2012-12-10)

A surreal but intriguing work of art in words and visual…not to be overlooked for those seeking something special. (The Midwest Book Review 2013-01-04)

As an educator, this picture book is what I like to call a 'thinking book.' It is the type of multi-leveled narrative that, over time, draws you in and prompts more questions than gives answers. For parents and teachers, it is the best kind of book to share with children of all ages because it sparks meaningful conversation. (Nancy Rawlinson Canadian Children's Book News 2013-02-06)

Perfectly balanced with quiet, thoughtful words and spellbinding, detailed dioramas. It is a book to be shared with awe and wonder between child and adult, and will be made even better each time it is read...Don't miss this astonishing book! (Sally Bender Sal's Fiction Addiction 2012-09-15)

A breathtaking picture book written for children, with a message meant for everyone…I'm pretty sure I held my breath the entire first time I read this book. The illustrations, the text…It's all sensational. (Sturdy for Common Things 2013-01-22)

The book does a tremendous job at presenting the big picture cycle of life and our place in it. (Center for Northern Woodlands Education 2013-03-08)

The mixed-media illustrations by Soyeon Kim, like the text, imbue reality with a dream-like quality. (Amy Kraft Media Macaroni 2012-12-30)

Owlkids Books presents a magical new resource for children, families, educators, and librarians.

If there is one science related book in your home, this one should be it! (Cara Potapshyn Meyers Motherhood Later ... Than Sooner 2013-03-22)

... a stunning exploration of the universe (Parents' Choice Award, Recommended Book)

... a cartoon dream come to life, with a heavy sprinkling of Sagan on top (Joe Hanson, PhD It's Okay to Be Smart)

"Each single and double-page spread in the book is a sumptuous feast for the eyes. ...Kelsey’s storytelling prowess works to tantalize the imagination." (Ekostories 2014-02-27)

"Fodder for both sides of the brain, You Are Stardust helps the young ones identify design within the chaos and realize that science and art are sometimes very much the same thing."
(Stacey Pavlick Spectrum Culture 2013-11-19)

About the Author

ELIN KELSEY is an internationally respected leader in the field of environmental science and education, as well as the award-winning author of Not Your Typical Book About The Environment and other books for children and adults. She consults around the world on environmental projects and is a Research Fellow at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University in Australia and an adjunct professor at Royal Roads University. She lives in Pacific Grove, California.

SOYEON KIM is a Toronto-based, Korean-born artist who specializes in work that merges real-world materials and fine sketching and painting techniques to produce three-dimensional pieces. She is a graduate of the Visual Arts program at York University in Toronto.


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I just didn't get to like this book though I tried. the graphics do not seem to me to come out beautifully despite the artwork behind them; the written content prooved a lot too young for my 8 yr olds audience.
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This book is lovely and the premise is a good one. I was looking for a book with a bit more detail however, and found it in 'Our Family Tree'. We read both books at our house but the latter seems to help answer my 6 year olds questions about evolution more.
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Really neat, unusual book. Great inclusion of science for kids. Definitely best for older kids (kids 1-2 just want to tear the pages) but the concepts will work for years to come. FANtastic and great gift.
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I heard Elin Kelsey interviewed on the radio and knew I wanted to order this book - I have not been disappointed! The illustrations and explanations of how we are all connected to the earth and each other are simple, yet very thought-provoking. The colour illustrations by Soyeon Kim are beautiful and truly accentuate the message. Although the text is simple enough for a young child, an older child would be equally intrigued by the ideas and thoughts in these pages.
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I bought this book as a birthday present for my grandson and I'm glad I did. It initiated a very interesting discussion about all sorts of things.
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The book arrived promptly and is in fantastic condition. The artwork is fantastic and I love the spin it takes on explaining science to kids
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My nieces LOVED this book I got them for Christmas. I have bought another copy now for more kids. happy reading
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Wonderful message, great book!
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