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The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars: A Life of Edwin Hubble

By: Isabelle Marinov

Illustrator: Deborah Marcero

A beautiful picture book about the astronomer Edwin Hubble that invites children to ponder How many stars are in the sky? How did the universe begin? Where diid it come from?

This is the story of Edwin Hubble, a boy fascinated by the stars who surmounted many hurdles to follow his dreams of becoming an astronomer. Using the insights of great mathematicians and endlessly observing the sky, he succeeded in confirming two things that altered human life forever: that there are more galaxies than our own, and that the universe is always expanding. Hubble’s message to us is to find peace in the vastness of the mystery surrounding us, and to be curious. “We do now know why we are born into the world,” he said, “but we can try to find out what sort of world it is.”

Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Further information about Hubble’s discoveries. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations rendered in acrylic, watercolor, pencil, and ink.

ISBN: 9781592703173

JLG Release: Mar 2021


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Edwin Hubble (1889–1953) , US astronomers , Biography , Galaxies , Expanding universe , Telescopes , The Hubble-Lemaître Law , The scientific method , Science and technology  

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Set against a dramatic background of black, white, and ice-blue watercolors, this picture-book biography of Edwin Hubble (1889–1953) emphasizes the vastness and wonder of the night sky that drove his passion for astronomy. As a child, Hubble would gaze up at the heavens, asking: “How many stars are in the sky? How did the universe begin? Where Set against a dramatic background of black, white, and ice-blue watercolors, this picture-book biography of Edwin Hubble (1889–1953) emphasizes the vastness and wonder of the night sky that drove his passion for astronomy. As a child, Hubble would gaze up at the heavens, asking: “How many stars are in the sky? How did the universe begin? Where did it come from?” His father had little patience for such diversions and discouraged Hubble’s interest in science. After his father’s death, however, Hubble enrolled in the University of Chicago to major in astronomy. Taking his first job at the Mount Wilson Observatory (where striking illustrations show him, night after night, at its giant telescope), Hubble discovered that the Milky Way is but one galaxy, merely a small part of a vast universe. The book’s explanation of how Hubble proved that the universe is expanding may be beyond the complete understanding of the audience, but referencing the previous work of astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt helps show children that scientists do not act alone, but rather metaphorically stand on the shoulders of others. Repeated throughout the text, the three questions that initiated Hubble’s interest emphasize his lifelong drive and persistence. Also repeated are visual motifs, first a grouping of stars, reminiscent of thought balloons, surrounding Hubble’s head when he studies or contemplates astronomy; more striking is the vast majesty of the night sky that dominates both Hubble’s interest and the reader’s attention. Appended with author and illustrator notes, additional information about Edwin Hubble and the Hubble-Lemaître Law, and a bibliography. BETTY CARTER

Book Details

ISBN

9781592703173

First Release

March 2021

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

11 1/2" x 7 1/2"

Page Count

52

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Enchanted Lion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Edwin Hubble (1889–1953), US astronomers, Biography, Galaxies, Expanding universe, Telescopes, The Hubble-Lemaître Law, The scientific method, Science and technology, 

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