[Nonfiction Wednesday] The Ocean Within Us in Elin Kelsey’s “You are Stardust”

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Myra here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2016 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year.

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I chanced upon this picturebook in our library – and I felt that it spoke deeply about how all human beings are inherently interconnected – told with such magnificent beauty and lyrical language.

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You Are Stardust

Text by: Elin Kelsey Illustrations by: Soyeon Kim
Published by: Owlkids Books, 2012 Book Awards: OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award Nominee (2013). ISBN: 1926973356 (ISBN13: 9781926973357)
Borrowed a copy from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me. 

How can one resist such a title? Reminiscent of Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos, this picturebook stands on its own with its exquisite detailing of how every human being consists of tiny atoms that “came from a star that exploded long before you were born.”

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It is a lyrical reminder of how we are all intrinsically linked to nature – from the sea of our mother’s womb to the ocean within our veins, as we taste the salt in our sweat and tears.

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What makes this book particularly effective for me is the astounding poetry in science, reminding me of just how awe-inspiring the world around us is, and how the universe resides within our breathing being. The end note from the author is also quite beautiful:

I wrote this book as a celebration – one to honor the extraordinary ways in which all of us simply are nature. Every example in this book is backed by current science. 

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Here is a link to the website where teachers and parents can check out the ‘science behind the book.’ A common core guide to the book can also be found in this downloadable PDF link meant for Primary 3-5 children.

3 Comments on [Nonfiction Wednesday] The Ocean Within Us in Elin Kelsey’s “You are Stardust”

  1. I have this beautiful book, Myra. So glad you found it. It is truly how we are all connected. And the illustrations are spectacular too.

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  2. What a fascinating book! Looks great!

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  3. Looks like a really cool way to learn about science and our place in the world.

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