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Twinkle twinkle little star, I know exactly what you are, words by Julia Kregenow, PhD ; pictures by Carmen Saldaña

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Twinkle twinkle little star, I know exactly what you are
Title
Twinkle twinkle little star, I know exactly what you are
Statement of responsibility
words by Julia Kregenow, PhD ; pictures by Carmen Saldaña
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Language
eng
Summary
Two siblings going to bed describe what stars really are--giant balls of hot, dense gas millions of miles from the Earth--in a book that examines constellations, atmospheric turbulence, and black holes
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Review
  • Gr 1–3—A scientifically accurate rewrite of the classic lullaby. Rather than stick with the continual wondering present in the original version, Kregenow, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics, has crafted a text that fits the familiar melody and states known facts, such as a description of a star as an "opaque ball of hot dense gas, million times our planet's mass." Additional verses explain constellations (as "a cosmic Rorschach's Test"), twinkling (atmospheric turbulence), and other concepts, like types of stars and star systems. About a quarter of the book, the last 10 pages, expands on each of the four-line stanzas, explaining the concepts in greater detail in the same order as it is presented in the text. Also on those pages are the interstellar photographs from which Saldaña's richly textured mixed media illustrations drew their inspiration. VERDICT Recommended as a fun tool to ignite children's curiosity in astronomy.—Kacy Helwick, New Orleans Public Library --Kacy Helwick (Reviewed 08/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 8, p81)
  • From an astrophysicist, the straight dope on stars and starry phenomena. Kregenow responds to the popular nursery rhyme in the same metrical vein but with analytical precision: "Opaque ball of hot dense gas, / million times our planet's mass, / looking small because you're far, / I know exactly what you are." Further verses clear the air about constellations ("at best / just a cosmic Rorschach test"), why stars twinkle, why they shine in different colors, how they can turn into neutron stars or black holes, and so on. Notes at the end, with small photos, offer further detail on these and other cosmic concepts. Saldaña sandwiches painted images of stars and star fields, planets, and dust clouds between views of two dark-haired beige-skinned children peering through a bedroom telescope at the night sky and using a printed guidebook to identify what they're seeing, then falling asleep beneath a spray of stars projected by a night light. The technical vocabulary as well as the narrative's coldly rational tone and blanket claims of certainty lay a heavy load on the original verse—but in the end the references to pulsars and supernovas, to billions of years and miles, and the uniqueness (so far) of our planet as a home for life amid the Milky Way's "Quarter trillion stars" are less apt to quash the wondering than crank it up. Nourishing fare for young stargazers who really, truly do "wonder what you are." (Informational picture book. 6-9) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10733407
Cataloging source
TOH
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kregenow, Julia
Dewey number
523.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Saldaña, Carmen
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True
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  • Stars
  • Stars
  • Stars
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Twinkle twinkle little star, I know exactly what you are, words by Julia Kregenow, PhD ; pictures by Carmen Saldaña
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"Written by an expert in astrophysics to the classic melody of 'Twinkle twinkle little star,' this book is the perfect introduction to the real science behind the magic of stars. Discover how stars are created, what they're made of, and even what makes them look like they're twinkling" -- Book jacket flap
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1047665575
Dimensions
21 x 26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781492670063
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
760789273346
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1047665575
Label
Twinkle twinkle little star, I know exactly what you are, words by Julia Kregenow, PhD ; pictures by Carmen Saldaña
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Written by an expert in astrophysics to the classic melody of 'Twinkle twinkle little star,' this book is the perfect introduction to the real science behind the magic of stars. Discover how stars are created, what they're made of, and even what makes them look like they're twinkling" -- Book jacket flap
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1047665575
Dimensions
21 x 26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781492670063
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
760789273346
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1047665575

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