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Star Stuff

Star Stuff

Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

Stephanie Roth Sisson

Roaring Brook Press


For every child who has ever looked up at the stars and asked, "What are they?" comes the story of a curious boy who never stopped wondering: Carl Sagan.

When Carl Sagan was a young boy he went to the 1939 World's Fair and his life was changed forever. From that day on he never stopped marveling at the universe and seeking to understand it better. Star Stuff follows Carl from his days star gazing from the bedroom window of his Brooklyn apartment, through his love of speculative science fiction novels, to his work as an internationally renowned scientist who worked on the Voyager missions exploring the farthest reaches of space. This book introduces the beloved man who brought the mystery of the cosmos into homes across America to a new generation of dreamers and star gazers.

ALA Notable Children's Books, Orbis Pictus Honor Book, School Library Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Vermont Red Clover Children's Choice A ML, California Book Awards Master List

Praise for Star Stuff

“*Beginning with the first page, Sisson introduces the magnitude of the universe, visually presenting the Milky Way and our sun's place in it.” —The Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

“Carl Sagan is best known for being a renowned expert on the cosmos, but he started out as just a curious kid fascinated with the night sky, and that's where Sisson starts this picture-book biography.” —Booklist

“*Sisson's economical narrative and lighthearted illustrations convey Sagan's regard for the power of imagination and his generous approach to knowledge . . . Both friendly and inspiring.” —KIRKUS, STARRED REVIEW

“*Told in narrative format, this beautifully designed and illustrated picture book gives readers a glimpse into the childhood wonderings Sagan experienced as he looked at the night sky and imagined possibilities . . . A gorgeous, informative offering for biography and science collections.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“*A broader message about the role wonder plays in innovation resonates throughout this story.” —Publishers Weekly


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Stephanie Roth Sisson

Stephanie Roth Sisson is an artist who has illustrated many books for children, most recently the Princess Posey chapter book series. Star Stuff is the first picture book that she has both written and illustrated. She lives in California.

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