Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (for budding Astronomers)

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Sourcebooks Jabberwocky sent me a book that has a new take on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. If you have a budding astronomer or space loving child, you will be interested in this book.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for this post which also contains affiliate links.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star I Know Exactly What You Are

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star I Know Exactly What You Are by Julya Kregenow, PhD is NOT what you probably expect from a book titled that way.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star I Know Exactly What You Are by Julia Kregenow, PhD


“Twinkle, twinkle, little star, I know exactly what you are.

Opaque ball of hot dense gas, million times our planet’s mass, looking small because you’re far, I know exactly what you are.

Constellations are at best just a cosmic Rorschach test. Random patterns spread 3-D, viewpoint dictates what we see.

Atmospheric turbulence causes rays of light to bend. Blurry light gives views subpar causing twinkling little star.”

Whoa! This book is about what stars are really made of and how they actually twinkle. Now you see why I mentioned that it was good for aspiring astronomers.

Summary: Written to the classic melody of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” by an expert in astrophysics, this book is the perfect introduction to the real science behind the magic of stars. Discover how stars are created, what they’re made of, and even what makes them look like they’re twinkling.

Stars are not only great for wishing upon, but they are also spectacular examples of scientific magic. From atmospheric turbulence to fusing atoms, these delightful (more accurate!) lyrics will become your new favorite version of this classic tune. Instead of wondering what stars are, you will know for sure!

The book is made with shiny pages which makes the illustrations by Carmen Saldana really pop. The stars look brilliant and the colours really pop.

If the big words are confusing, you will be happy to know that at the end of the book is a more indepth explanation that you can read together and will help you fully understand the words. The book covers not just what a star or constellation is but what makes stars shine and twinkle, the differences between different stars (blue, red) and what a black hole and neutron star are. The book also talks about the sun, a binary system, planets and the galaxy.

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