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Stars! Stars! Stars!
     

Stars! Stars! Stars!

by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
 
Nancy Elizabeth Wallace continues to explore difficult topics while making them more accessible to young readers with her signature cut-paper illustrations and, in this book, photographs from NASA. Minna is a stargazer. She looks at the nighttime sky and wonders, What are stars? Minna’s friends wonder about stars too. How far away are they? Are they really

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Nancy Elizabeth Wallace continues to explore difficult topics while making them more accessible to young readers with her signature cut-paper illustrations and, in this book, photographs from NASA. Minna is a stargazer. She looks at the nighttime sky and wonders, What are stars? Minna’s friends wonder about stars too. How far away are they? Are they really shaped like stars? Is the sun a star? At the Children’s Museum, Minna and her friends visit STAR SPACE. The children learn . . and wonder . . . learn . . . and wonder. Then they go outside and stargaze! Recipes for star-shaped food and an activity page are included.

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Booklist
Straddling the thin line between fiction and nonfiction as comfortably as other entries in the Minna series, this picture book presents basic facts about stars within the framework of an appealing story. One evening, Minna and her friends visit a local museum's Star Space exhibit, where their guide helps them understand stars and galaxies before Minna's mother takes them out stargazing. The text offers accessible information and keeps the story moving along. Simple and effective, the collaged mixed-media artwork illustrates the dressed rabbit characters with thoroughly childlike demeanors and incorporates images of stars, planets, and galaxies in a natural-looking way."
Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Wallace is known for her cute bunny families that populate her science books. These bunnies look at rocks, they look at seeds, and now, they look at stars. While the illustrations are super cute, the writing does not get syrupy. In fact it sounds like a normal energetic-bunny family who gathers friends and goes to a star show at the children's museum. "‘Welcome to Star Space,' said their guide. ‘My name is Stellan, and I think stars are WONDER-full. What do you wonder about stars?'" The bunny children wonder about the shape of stars, what they're made of, how many stars there are, and candy bars. While the stellar puns may get a bit trying to the adult-readers, many children will enjoy the star-studded themes. As the bunnies walk through the exhibit at the museum, they see the solar system, complete with dwarf planet Pluto, and learn about the effects of the Sun on the Earth. Then they find the answers to many other questions, including why stars twinkle, and stars' temperatures. The cute bunnies are likely to appeal to children who don't know they want to learn about science. Backmatter includes a tip sheet for stargazing. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
As Minna looks out her bedroom window one night admiring the stars and saying, "Twinkle, twinkle, little star," she begins to wonder about the stars. Mom suggests they visit Star Space at the Children's museum. In this way, the storybook format offers an opportunity to teach kids about the stars as Minna and her mom plan a star party. (Recipes are included for the foods served at the themed party.). Minna and her friends, all brightly clothed, appealing bunnies, head off to the museum. Questions are posed and answered as the little group makes its way through the fascinating displays. Minna and her friends learn a great deal about the solar system and the galaxies, and so will readers. Advice is given for star gazing, along with encouragement for kids to, "Be filled with wonder." The illustrations will be particularly attractive to the younger readers and kids of all ages will be wishing they could visit Star Space. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—Wallace follows the same formula of combining factual information with kid-friendly artwork and upbeat dialogue that she used in Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! (2009) and Shells! Shells! Shells! (2007, both Marshall Cavendish), but without the same success. In this selection, Minna and her friends visit a space exhibit at a local children's museum to learn about stars. The book suffers from an identity crisis because the text is rather advanced for the young audience for whom the adorable cut-paper bunnies and backgrounds will hold appeal. The discussion of what a star is is particularly confusing. Also, the dialogue is somewhat forced, and the humor often falls flat. Furthermore, Wallace seems to stretch to create enough related projects. Stars! does contain some digestible factoids and neat pictures of space for the younger set. However, the conflicted and therefore confusing packaging of a challenging text and simplistic illustrations makes it an additional purchase.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
Kirkus Reviews
Wallace's latest brings back Minna, who is curious about stars (Fly, Monarch, Fly!, 2008, etc.). Her mom suggests a star-themed dinner (recipes included), a trip to Star Space at the Children's Museum and some stargazing. Minna invites four friends along. Stellan greets them, asking each what they wonder about stars. The guide then leads them through the exhibits, answering their questions by asking them a few of his own. The basics are presented in easily digestible bites accompanied by interesting factoids. Among the topics explored: stars' composition, temperature, color, distance, how stars are named, stellar navigation, what astronomers do and constellations and galaxies. Backmatter encourages children to do many of the same things that Minna enjoyed doing. The illustrations are the author's trademark cut-paper collages, with the addition this time of photographs and computer-generated images of the galaxies, constellations, planets and sun. Make room on the shelf for this one. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761456124
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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