|Listening to the stars : Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovers pulsars|
Author: Parachini, Jodie
A biography of astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who discovered pulsars, a new type of star. Despite this achievement, she was overlooked in favor of two male colleagues when the Nobel Prize for physics was awarded.
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School Library Journal - 03/01/2021 PreS-Gr 3—Parachini's historical picture book spotlights the Irish astrophysicist Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell (b. 1943), who discovered the first radio pulsars while she was a research assistant at the University of Cambridge. The narrative showcases how Burnell discovered her love for astronomy and overcame sexism. As a graduate student, Burnell was part of a team that built a radio telescope that took two years to finish. The telescope allowed the team to collect sound data from neutron stars. Her discovery was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1974. Sadly, only the male members of her research team received this award. In 2018, Burnell was awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. She used the prize money of three million dollars to set up a fund for women who wanted to pursue physics. Badiu's vibrant illustrations feature a palette that utilizes shades of blue, brown, and pink and a mixture of neutral, secondary, and primary colors. The lively art complements the text, creating a sense of openness and balance in its use of stars as a driving thematic motif. This book could be read in a science unit that emphasizes the empowering message that everyone can study STEM fields. The back matter contains a glossary, an author's note, and a list of titles centered on women physicists and astrophysicists. VERDICT An inspiring picture book biography of an inquisitive girl who became a world-renowned scientist, told in accessible language.—Kathia Ibacache, Univ. of Colorado Boulder - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.