Tuesday, March 12, 2013

You Are Stardust - Book Review

stardustI recently was sent the book You Are Stardust written by Elin Kelsey and illustrated by Soyeon Kim. This is the review that I gave the books (and I am not being paid to give this review):

This book looks like a young child’s book with cute illustrations. It is a nice story connecting the young child with the environment and might be a nice story to read aloud. The only concern I have is that some of the vocabulary seems way too advanced for a picture book like this. Words like: womb, swirling, quenching, sprints, sprout, microorganisms need to be carefully explained before the young child can grasp the concepts that are shared in this book. There are great opportunities for discussion on space, growth, seasons, oceans, water cycle, flowers life cycle, rainforests, and animals.
There is also an app that you can download to go with this book. “The app is an enhanced digital version of the book and features narration by author Elin Kelsey, a behind-the-scenes look at how Soyeon Kim created her dioramas, a build-your-own diorama activity,”

If you come across this book, a child would enjoy the pictures but I think it needs to be read with and by an adult. I don’t feel this book is one that a child could read independently.

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