The Universe and You

by Suzanne Slade (Author) Stephanie Fizer Coleman (Illustrator)

The Universe and You
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

During the night, as we sleep, a beautiful celestial dance is taking place. While Earth seems solid and still, it's actually spinning on its axis and circling the sun. Joining Earth in this orbit around the sun are the other seven planets in our solar system, along with dozens of moons and millions of comets and asteroids. Containing our solar system is the wondrous Milky Way galaxy, with its billions of stars, just like our own sun, swirling and whirling around.

And on from there are the billions of galaxies with their own stars swirling and whirling into the ever-expanding space called our universe. When the sun rises on a brand new day, the dance continues. Through lyrical text, award-winning science writer Suzanne Slade.


Publisher's Weekly

Relayed in the second-person perspective, this narrative nonfiction picture book by Slade directly addresses young readers, succinctly describing some of the universe’s workings. Light on supplemental facts, Slade focuses more on crafting a nature- and space-themed bedtime story, with bolded, emphatic typography throughout: "And when you wake,/ all the galaxies in the universe,/ all the stars in the Milky Way,/ and all the planets in the solar system// are still moving,/ circling,/ and swirling," one spread reads, featuring a stippled approximation of space. Coleman further fashions child-friendly illustrations, centering a brown-skinned, curly brown-haired child in their bed. A slim tale of the cosmos offers a brief, poetic nighttime journey. Back matter includes a spread with additional facts about the solar system.

Copyright 2021 Publisher’s Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

Suzanne Slade
Suzanne Slade is the author of over 150 children's books, including Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, a Sibert Honor book; and Swish! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, a Junior Library Guild book. An engineer by training, she worked on rockets and cars before beginning her writing career.

Edwin Fotheringham is the award-winning illustrator of many picture book biographies, including Eleanor Makes Her Mark, Full of Beans, Blue Grass Boy, What to Do About Alice?, and Those Rebels, John & Tom. He is also the illustrator of the Tony Baloney series by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Illustrator website edfotheringham.com
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9781534111080
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date
August 20, 2021
Series
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