“Abigail and the Birth of the Sun is, at its heart, about showing children just how fundamentally connected everything down here is to everything up there. We are, as Abigail’s daddy explains to her, all made of stardust.”
Who knew? Abigails Daddy did. And so the story is a simple yet captivating explanation about such things in answer to a young girl with a big question “where did the sun and the planets come from?” Such a familiar story to many of us, a kid full of wonder about the universe around them with as many questions about it as there are stars in the sky. You can imagine then how easily inquisitive minds will lock on to this book to hear that “our atoms were literally forged in the hearts of stars!”
Our solar system and space is the hot topic of the term at my sons school and it is the very first topic (along with Dinosaurs) that has fuelled his passion in his entire 5 year old life. So Abigail and the Birth of the Sun was right up his galactic street, and he wasn’t alone in having his interest sparked. In a charming kid friendly way we hear about the bursting old star, expanding clouds of stardust, elements attracting, and planets and life forming, and that’s how we’re all magically (but scientifically) made of stardust!
Fun Fact for those likely to be as intrigued as your kids ⬇️
The first generation of stars were made of the lightest elements, hydrogen and helium. But the intense heat and pressure in their cores allowed these lighter atoms to fuse together to create the heavier elements necessary for life on our beautiful planet—oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon. This process is called nuclear fusion.
Eventually these stars ran out of hydrogen, causing them to EXPLODE in a huge galactic extravaganza called supernova. The heavier elements were cast out in an expanding cloud of stardust, which collided with other clouds to kick off a new process of star formation. This cycle continued until there were enough heavy elements in the cosmos to start forming planets… and life! All thanks to the immense fusion engines that are stars… just like the ‘big old star’ in the story.
Abigail and the Birth of the Sun is beautifully illustrated accentuating the wonder of it all, and is a lovely book to read to a wondrous child, especially if they have big questions like Abigail. Likely to fan the fires of fascination, be prepared for many more questions you possibly won’t be able to answer!
Does your kid have a keen interest in space and our solar system?
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Written by Ronnie Swainston
Online Producer & Experiences Editor Ronnie is mum to two spirited kids who keep her on her toes. With a love for travel, film, tv, photography & (eating) food keeping her wishing for more time, & having a keen curiosity means she’ll give almost anything a go making her, and her family, up for the job!
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