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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An almost perfect book............... 23 Oct. 2014
By J. Lienhard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for my Great Nephew. His Mom and Dad are big Carl Sagan fans. They all absolutely LOVE this book. They say it is well written and the illustrations are wonderful. I would recommend Star Stuff to those who value the world we live in and wish to raise a child to appreciate the important things in life
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great book for the pensive child or the adult looking to share the Mysteries of the Cosmos with the next generation 13 Nov. 2014
By A. Buck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great story - read this with my children and they enjoyed the various interactive parts of the book with flaps, etc. Really recommend this to anyone with children passionate about stars or just a child who spends a lot of time wondering. Great brief glimpse into the life of Carl Sagan.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of My Favorite Books All Year 14 Nov. 2014
By LP Salas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
One of my favorite picture books this year. Vary spare text, a dash of humor (wowie!), interesting art, and great back matter make this a fabulous introduction to Carl Sagan as well as a love note to imagination.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
wow on star stuff - highly recommend this children's book for young and old 17 Oct. 2014
By review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
wow, this is a great children's book, illustrations and content; beautifully done!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Potential, but read first so you know where young readers might get confused 17 Feb. 2015
By Sunday Cummins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a book that reveals how being curious can lead you to amazing adventures and discoveries, this has potential. For the targeted age group, there were a couple of places in the book that I thought might be confusing. If you're reading this aloud to students, I'd read it in advance so you don't get caught in these glitches; if students are reading it independently, you might lean in at certain points.

Glitches:
"Carl" is at the "World's Fair" which "was like nothing he'd ever seen before." This included seeing a "mechanical man" and "time capsule" as illustrated on a two-page spread split into multiple frames. Then in the last frame you simply see Carl sitting on his father's shoulders looking at stars in the sky with no text to explain. My thought was "What does this have to do with the World's Fair?" Then on the next page Carl is thinking about the stars. There's not a clear connection or segue.

Young readers need to be aware that sometimes the information they need to understand the text is provided in the illustration. Carl asks for a book about "stars" at the library and the text says, "It was the wrong book." A young reader will not understand this unless he/she reads the title of the book in the illustration - "Hollywood Stars." Also - it's key that children know this took place in the distant past - but they have to infer the date (1939) from a speech bubble in an illustration.

There's also an awkward fold out. It's clear that the reader needs to turn the book to a vertical position because the text on the left side is sideways. There's also a flap. The way the book is constructed - the page on the left side is separate from the page that folds out on the right. So you read the left side first - which is the bottom because of how you are holding it. Then you open the flap and read the top of the flap and the bottom (which is the right side of the two page spread). I just don't think the target audience would be able to figure this out easily and they might lose the flow of the book as well as the content being shared.
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