There Was a Black Hole That Swallowed the Universe

by Chris Ferrie (Author) Susan Batori (Illustrator)

There Was a Black Hole That Swallowed the Universe
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Using the familiar rhythm of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," follow along as the black hole swallows up the universe and everything that exists in it, from the biggest to the smallest pieces of matter. The silly, vibrant artwork is sure to make stargazers of all ages smile and start a love of science in your baby. There was a black hole that swallowed the universe. I don't know why it swallowed the universe--oh well, it couldn't get worse.

There was a black hole that swallowed a galaxy. It left quite a cavity after swallowing that galaxy. It swallowed the galaxies that filled universe. I don't know why it swallowed the universe--oh well, it couldn't get worse.


School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3-A black hole personified travels through the universe swallowing everything it comes across from galaxies to quarks. The book uses the familiar "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" refrain to take readers on a journey through space. Different sizes of matter get swallowed as the black hole traverses through space starting with the universe and galaxies, making its way through stars and planets before swallowing cells, molecules, atoms, neutrons, and quarks. The cartoon-like illustrations depict each of the described types of matter with faces and emotion adding humor to the text. Naturally, each type of matter is not depicted in proper proportion to each other as that scale wouldn't fit in the book. Using a black light, the story can be read in reverse from before the Big Bang to the creation of the universe. VERDICT As a fun way to learn about the universe and its various parts, this book makes for an excellent first purchase.-Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT

Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9781492680772
Lexile Measure
490L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Sourcebooks Explore
Publication date
September 20, 2019
Series
-
BISAC categories
JNF051040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Astronomy
Library of Congress categories
Outer space
Universe

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