Academic journal article Language Arts

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the COSMOS

Academic journal article Language Arts

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the COSMOS

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Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the COSMOS Written and illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson Roaring Brook, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-5964-3960-3

Carl was a curious boy full of imagination and wonder, fascinated by many things, but particularly by the stars in the night sky, "hanging down like lightbulbs on long black wires." Smitten with the stars and the planets, Carl studied and wondered, read and wondered, and wrote and wondered, until curious young Carl became Dr. Carl Sagan. Sagan worked with other scientists to explore, examine, and record data about planets nearest the Earth. Although some of Carl's curiosity was satisfied, he wanted to share the amazing knowledge he had gained with others, including the extraordinary news that Earth and all of its inhabitants, us included, are made of "star stuff."

Sisson's spare text and lighthearted illustrations combine in a warm tribute to scientist Carl Sagan, whose quest for knowledge and love for science opened up the study of the cosmos to millions of people around the world. …

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