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The Fire of Stars: The Life and Brilliance of the Woman Who Discovered What Stars Are Made Of

by Kirsten W Larson

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"This moving biography powerfully parallels the kindling of Cecilia Payne's own curiosity and her scientific career with the process of a star's birth, from mere possibility in an expanse of space to an eventual, breathtaking explosion of light"--
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Gr 2–6—Committee member: "This has everything I dream of: the pairing of an artistic rendering of a birth of a star
with the birth of a scientific mind." Roy's visuals perfectly capture the parallel stories, star and scientist, with the two
texts interlocking into a seamless, dazzling whole.
  BackstoryBooks | Apr 1, 2024 |
A gorgeously illustrated biography of astronomer Cecelia Payne and where her curiosity led her.
  sloth852 | Feb 28, 2024 |
Two stories are told in tandem, with two different illustration styles: the birth of a star, and the life of Cecilia, who grows up to be a scientist who discovers what stars are made of.

Absolutely stellar.

Back matter: Cecilia Payne: Science Superstar (biography), "A Star is Born" with illustrations, poetic description, and scientific explanation, timeline (born 1900 - died 1979), bibliography. Appropriately starry endpapers. ( )
  JennyArch | May 22, 2023 |
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A stellar subject, breathtaking artwork, and unique layout set this biography for young readers apart from the rest.
 
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