Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

Stephanie Roth Sisson. Roaring Brook, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-59643-960-3
Sisson’s loosely sketched mixed-media illustrations trace the life of Carl Sagan, beginning with his childhood spent in Brooklyn, an environment seemingly ill-suited to learning about the stars. Yet thanks to his natural curiosity, a visit to the World’s Fair, and the library, Sagan’s awareness of science and the universe grew. The book does, too—a spread depicting the hazy sun over Brooklyn rooftops unfolds to show it in space (“Our sun is a big ball of fiery gas held together by gravity,” Sagan learns). Sisson goes on to recap Sagan’s later endeavors, including becoming an astrophysicist, appearing on TV, and sending messages into via the twin Voyagers. A broader message about the role wonder plays in innovation resonates throughout this story, which concludes with extensive biographical and source notes. Ages 4–8. Agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/20/2014
Release date: 10/01/2014
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-84-261-4246-7
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