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 Ada and the galaxies
 Author: Lightman, Alan P.

 Publisher:  MIT Kids Press (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 27 cm

 BTSB No: 572898 ISBN: 9781536215618
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Family life -- Fiction
 Vacations -- Fiction
 Stars -- Fiction
 Astronomy -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Ada knows that the best place for star-gazing is on the island in Maine where she vacations with her grandparents. By day, she tracks osprey in the trees, paddles a kayak, and hunts for shells. But she's most in her element when the sun goes down and the stars blink to life. Will the fog this year foil her plans, or will her grandfather find a way to shine a spotlight on the vast puzzle of the universe ... until the weather turns?

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Pastuchiv, Olga
 Illustrator: Chapman, Susanna

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   Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/15/21)
   School Library Journal (09/01/21)
   Booklist (+) (11/01/21)

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School Library Journal - 09/01/2021 Gr 2–4—While bonding with her grandparents on the coast of Maine with her mother, Ada goes kayaking, observes nesting birds, and gathers seashells. But what she really wants is to see the stars; back home in New York City, she can only see street lights at night. While waiting for the sky to clear, Ada's grandfather, Poobah, teaches her about galaxies by showing her real pictures in books. Ada is awe-struck when she can finally witness the infinite depths of the night sky with her own eyes. Because of their prominence, the facts about space and nature are likely to stick, while the characters are unlikely to be remembered. However, the family, their environment, and the swirling stars are all lovingly depicted in the rich watercolor artwork, which incorporates photos from the Hubble Space Telescope. Careful attention is given to the characters' expressive faces, drawn with sharp black lines; they all have brownish hair and tan skin, and Ama is always shown with her head covered. An author's note further explains the scientific accuracy of the text. VERDICT Worth a purchase for the artwork alone, especially the stunning final page in which brilliant stars reflect in the lenses of Ada's and her grandfather's glasses.—Chance Lee Joyner, Haverhill P.L., MA - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 11/01/2021 *Starred Review* Ada adores the night sky, but she’s stuck in a city where the stars are difficult to see. To her relief, her family packs up and heads for her grandparents’ house by the sea, where Ada knows she’ll finally get to sky gaze. There’s a whole day to get through first, though, and while Ada is initially impatient, her grandparents distract her with the wonders of a beach day, including everything from an enormous osprey nest to the shell-strewn sand. When night falls, a thick fog creeps in, obscuring Ada’s view. Grandpa Poobah comes to the rescue, coaxing a despondent Ada to examine a book of swirling-galaxy photos. They poetically ponder what the universe might hold, and a final sky check before bedtime reveals a newly clear night and a sky teeming with stars. This sparkling story spins small experiences into something grand. Its family dynamics are layered and loving, and its world is full of wonders. The arresting watercolor illustrations are exquisitely rendered, brimming with detail and warmth. Flora and fauna float in the margins, light glows from nighttime windows, and skies shimmer across full spreads; the universe feels endless on one page and intimate on the next. A joyful and dazzling exploration of our universe, on every scale. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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