The Stuff of Stars — 19 Comments

  1. 5 of 5 stars……in 2019-the book represents so much and the ART…AMAZING! The fact that kids can escape into their wonderings of the world and the stars make our dreams possible. A cool book to pop into our libraries this year will all the historical moments & events taking place! YEAH! Love the MN Author too!

  2. I am unsure about this book. I personally loved the poem and the illustrations, but I’m not sure how I would use this book for programming. I agree with many who mentioned using it to demonstrate art techniques, or science, or poetry, but it doesn’t fit solidly into any of those categories. While I can see adding it to our collection, it is a beautiful book that I will need to consider further before I use it for programs.

  3. I am unsure of this one. I am a big fan of Marion Dane Bauer, but this one is not a must have for me. I like the way she explains the Big Bang and evolution. There are ways it could be used in a science setting. It might be a fun read aloud if you get the students to participate in the reading. It would read much better one-on-one. The only way I could see me using it would be as an art project – marbleizing paper or acrylic pours – in an after school program.
    This is not a book I must have in the library.

  4. This book will have hard time finding its place – the word “God” would keep people from reading it in the public school system. and it would be set aside in the private schools because it teaches about the “Big Bang Theory”. I thought the poetry and the pictures were beautiful and looking for the hidden pictures was entertaining. I liked the suggestion of using it as part of an art lesson. I also liked the idea that we are all the same, more alike the different, magical even – the stuff of stars.

  5. Such a beautiful book that I would love to be able to use it as a read aloud for our third grade star and constellation study. I am a bit hesitant to read it in its entirety, but would choose to paraphrase. The last page for example I would just say “All of us the stuff of stars” . Finding the hidden images adds to the enjoyment of the book. 4/5 stars

  6. I agree with the comment that this would be a very nice baby shower gift. The illustrations are amazing. I could envision myself reading this book one on one with a young child in my family (where I could process what our family beliefs are), but cannot think of a reason that I would include this in my classroom curriculum. Although it is a visually stunning book, it is an “at home with family” book, rather than a classroom book, which is just fine! 3/5 for personal use, 1/5 for classroom use

  7. Hmm, I’m not sure what to think of this one, especially within the nonfiction category. I understand that there is information in the book that ties in to the big bang theory, but to me it read more like “On the Day You Were Born” and would be a baby shower type gift. My daughter (she is 10.5 years old) enjoyed looking at the illustrations and figuring out how the artist created the images. I guess a teacher could use this if they wanted to try and talk about the origin of earth, but that doesn’t tie in to any of the topics I teach.

  8. I really enjoyed the poetic language and rhythm of this book along with the illustrations. This would be a tough call as a read aloud in the classroom because of the word “God” and the politics of the big bang theory vs the creation story. The vocabulary is rich and meaningful and the powerful loving message at the end is heartwarming. This might be a book that I’d recommend to specific parents and one that I would love to read any future grandchildren I might have.

  9. My kids have two art posters hanging in their room that read “Be humble for you are made of earth” and “Be noble for you are made of stars”. This book is the perfect accompaniment to these posters! Understanding, let alone imaging, the birth of the universe, formation of stars and planets, and the life cycle repeating over and over through millions and billions of years is no small feat but I was greatly impressed with Butler’s word choice and Holmes’ illustrations. I especially enjoyed finding the hidden animal images mixed-in with all the swirls.

    I think this book could be used as inspiration in art classes for studying different mediums and techniques. I can also see this book being used as a mentor text of sorts for adding illustration to a poem. Another idea that comes to mind is using this book as an accompaniment to Earth Day celebrations and activities focused on living green.

    Overall score: 4.5/5 stars

  10. It’s hard not to like this book. The verse and the art work are fantastic. However, I have no idea what audience I would feel comfortable reading it to and it wouldn’t be a 2nd or 3rd grader. If it is a non-fiction book it needs to be read with other books on scientific theories of how the world was created. I look forward to discussing this further at the workshop.

  11. This is a beautiful book, but there are too many parts of it I would not be comfortable sharing with my class.

  12. I loved the illustrations in this book, but would not read this book as a read aloud since I do not believe in the Big Bang Theory. I would use this book as an independent read. I give this book a 3/5.

  13. I honestly don’t know how this book can be non-fiction with the mention of God at the beginning? I did like the book as a poetry book and that is where I would put it in the library. The explanation of the creation of the universe could be questioned by some. The color and style of the illustrations is interesting. I would give this book a 7/10.

  14. I began my career with Marian Dane Bauer and it is wonderful to see her continually making significant contributions throughout the decades! The cover and the last double page spread of “You and me loving you. All of us the stuff of stars” is just totally gorgeous! This book feels like a labor of love. With each word, each syllable, so deliberately chosen for readability and rhythm. I would connect this book, at least parts of it, to my 3rd grade space unit in which we research specifically stars and constellations. And it does appear to be a fact that we have the same components in a body as stars, “that every element on Earth was formed at the heart of a star,” and exploding star called a supernova! It is a provocative book in some ways but beliefs handled gently. Rate this book 5/5 stars.

  15. I loved this book! It was nice to read a book that explained the creation of the universe in a very scientific way. I shared it with my favorite six year old and she loved the idea that we are all made of stardust, though she was dubious as to whether that was actually true. (“I am made of skin and blood and bones!”) She and I also really loved the artwork in this book. It’s truly gorgeous. She enjoyed finding the “hidden pictures” as well.
    Unfortunately this isn’t a great book for my storytime crowd but it’s definitely one I would recommend for pleasure reading or one-on-one sharing.
    I think it could be used as a classroom read aloud as well as it doesn’t actually teach a religious creation story. Sure, the word God is said in the beginning but only one sentence and it’s up to the reader to decide what it means. I’m unsure what a private religious school would think of a book like this. Guess it probably depends on the school. It would be a neat activity to compare and contrast this book with other universe creation stories that exist.
    5/5 stars

  16. I loved the way this book represents some so very abstract and the way the author uses poetry to describe the Big Bang Theory. I appreciate her exploring the relationship between faith and science as well. I found the marbled illustrations to be dazzling. The rhythmic cadence of this poem makes it a great read-aloud. The vocabulary provides opportunities for meaningful discussions about word choice and shades of meaning. It would fit well in a poetry study. It would also be useful in an art curriculum when exploring different mediums.

    I rate this book 4/5 stars.

  17. This book would be way over the heads of my third grade students. I would be able to use bits and pieces of this book but not much more. I liked the illustrations but info was to deep

    Rating 1/5 stars

  18. I had mixed feelings about this book. The illustrations were awesome! I think this would be confusing for 2-3 grade level. I read it twice and thought about how to explain this to kids. Because of the short reference to God in the beginning I would not be able to read this in the schools I would in. It may be hard too because it descibes how children come from stardust and also that was how the world was created. This could be a touchy subjust for a lot of schools.
    I would not leave this book out for free reading either because of the above concerns.