Wednesday, August 29, 2018

New Book Alert: The Stuff of Stars

Oh my word, this book.

The Stuff of Stars (2018) by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Ekua Holmes arrives in stores on Tuesday. I was already a huge fan of Ekua Holmes' work (her illustrations for Voices of Freedom: Fammie Lou Hamer the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement won a Caldecott Honor and Out of Wonder was one of my favorites from last year), but her illustrations for this book are simply stunning. The use of color is always a strong signal of her work, but the use of marbling takes it to another level. I want to frame this book and hang it on my walls.

Stepping back from the illustrations (if you can), the text is also stunning. Marion Dane Bauer has created a sparse and lyrical text that weaves the entire story of the universe, from the Big Bang right up to today into a poem. This is a book I could see being used everywhere from science classrooms to a mentor text in language arts to a must-have gift for baby showers. You will want to see this one for yourself.

(An advanced review copy of the book was provided by Candlewick. All thoughts are my own.)


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