Bound To Stay Bound

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 Stuff of stars
 Author: Bauer, Marion Dane

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2018)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 30 cm

 BTSB No: 097271 ISBN: 9780763678838
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Universe -- Origin -- Fiction
 Organisms -- Origin -- Fiction
 Human beings -- Origin -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

An exploration of how the Big Bang may have formed the universe, giving birth to its many organisms including humans.

 Illustrator: Holmes, Ekua

 Coretta Scott King Illustrated Award, 2019

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/01/18)
   School Library Journal (09/01/18)
   Booklist (+) (08/01/18)
 The Hornbook (00/01/19)

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Booklist - 08/01/2018 *Starred Review* Carl Sagan’s famous quote, “We are made of star stuff,” is brought to life in a captivating picture book that will be cherished by people of all ages. Mesmerizing illustrations are a perfect fit for this story, which tells of the beginning of our universe and of life itself, starting with a small floating speck that suddenly explodes: “In a trillionth of a second . . . our universe was born.” All the colors of the rainbow appear in Holmes’ (Out of Wonder, 2017) glorious creations, which use hand-marbled paper and collage, at times resembling batik and sometimes oil on water with swirls of unmixed colors. Placed over some illustrations are collage figures of humans, fossils, and animals. In one particularly lovely moment, the beginning of life in the womb subtly echoes the beginning of the universe: “Then one day . . . in the dark, in the dark, in the deep deep dark, another speck floated, invisible as dreams, special as Love.” Bauer’s (Winter Dance?, 2017) lyrical free-verse love song to Earth, to the listener, and to all creatures is accessible to everyone living on “one lucky planet, a fragile blue ball we call Earth.” - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 09/01/2018 K-Gr 4—Poetic language and dazzling illustrations link the big bang to a child's birth in this striking picture book. Starting "in the deep, deep dark" where "a speck floated, invisible as thought, weighty as God," lyrical language describes the big bang ("in a trillionth of a second…our universe was born)," then moves to the creation of stars, planets, and life. Hand-marbled paper and collage images brilliantly capture the movement and mystery of the words. Opening spreads of black and purple swirls dramatically shift to blasts of shapes and colors as the universe evolves. Reminders of what was not yet created are interspersed: "…no oceans, no mountains, no hippopotami," while some of the specific life forms mentioned can be spotted within the shapes and lines of the collages. The dramatic conclusion features the birth of the listener, when "another speck floated, invisible as dreams, special as Love." That speck is depicted as a white dot against black, visually mirroring the speck that started it all on the first page, but this time it's placed within a long strip, suggesting a birth canal. The narrative ties neatly back to the evolution described earlier: "Your hair once the carbon in a leaf." It also connects the child to other life forms: "You and the velvet moss, the caterpillars, the lions." The triumphant final spread shows parent and child in silhouette, gazing at the vivid swoops of line and color that suggest planets, stars, and galaxies. VERDICT An inspiring match of writing and art. Perfect for one-on-one sharing.—Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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