I am the Universe
This book takes from the vast and wide expanse of the Universe to a small child at a window looking up at the stars, showing our space in the world: how we belong to a family, the earth and the sea, giving young readers a sense of their place in the world.
The illustrations are rich and vibrant, a feast for your eyes! Little New Zealand details include the Matariki cluster, a Kowhai tree and a Kiwi popping up from the New Zealand on the world map, I spotted a Tui too! Helpful descriptors on some pages, detailing the layers in the atmosphere for example, “Exosphere, Thermosphere....” these add another layer of interest to readers. I am the Universe is a hardback, a bit bigger than most picture books, and feels good in my hands, slight embossing on the cover of stars, it feels like a special read and it is.
Young children can struggle to grasp where they fit in, in this giant universe that we are a part of, and I think this book is a fabulous way to demonstrate how we are part of not only our families and neighbourhoods, but part of something much larger!
Title: I am the Universe
Author & Illustrator: Vasanti Unka
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication: September 2020
Reviewer: Louana McCormack, Librarian, Opaheke School, Auckland
How are you recommending this book? Highly Recommended
What’s the book’s opening sentence? “I am the Universe, an infinite space of glittering galaxies.”
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