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Summary: Minna the bunny and her friends visit the Star Space at the museum before going stargazing at night. As we go on this visit with them, we learn about the solar system, the milky way, the planets, constellations, and various facts about space. The book provides recipes/ideas for star gazing foods and shows you how to do it.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 9 and Up
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 3.1
Age of Child: Read with a nearly 3-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: At first my nearly 3-year-old was excited but she quickly lost stamina as the book became more technical.
Adult Reader Reaction: I thought this was a fantastic book with a fun way for children to learn about space. Unfortunately it did become very technical. Overall, this could appeal to a wide age range and older children can take in the more technical details. The set up of walking through the museum allows for this flexibility. For example, at the start of the book, the children ask questions in a way that leads the reader to want the same answers.
Pros: Young readers and their parents will enjoy this interesting and fun way to introduce themes about space. In addition to being a good story, Stars! Stars! Stars! also functions as a guide for adults who want to introduce kids to stargazing.
Cons: As you move further into the book it becomes more complex. There is a bit too much going on, with a lot of characters asking lots of questions.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. There is a lot of information to take in, and because of that, the book will grow with your child. With future readings, kids will appreciate and understand more and more of the science.
Educational Themes: Although the story itself is fiction, there is a TON (!) of factual content. With younger audiences, you may want to stop part-way through the story and use the guide to answer questions at a level your audience will understand. This would be a nice choice to read before a trip to a planetarium.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.