Ada and the Galaxies

By Alan Lightman, Olga Pastuchiv

Illustrated by Susanna Chapman

Stargazers rejoice! In his first book for children, renowned physicist Alan Lightman and collaborators, with help from the Hubble telescope, lights up the night sky.

New York Times bestselling author and renowned physicist Alan Lightman, in collaboration with author Olga Pastuchiv, show us the wonder of our galaxies. Layering photographs taken from the Hubble telescope into charming and expressive art, illustrator Susanna Chapman beautifully evokes one girl's excitement at the incredible night sky. Ada knows that the best place for star-gazing is on the island in Maine where she stays with her grandparents every summer. By day, she tracks osprey in the trees, paddles a kayak and hunts for shells. But she can't wait for the night, when the sun goes down and the stars blink to life. But will the fog tonight foil her plans, or will her grandfather find a way to shine a spotlight on the vast puzzle of the universe?

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 4+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781529505221
  • Published: 03 Mar 2022
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 260 x 250 mm
  • Pages: 40

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'New Yorker Ada, who has brown skin and curly hair, is delighted to arrive at her grandparents’ Maine island house, where clear skies make it possible to view the stars she can’t see in the city. . . . Chapman (Elizabeth Warren’s Big, Bold Plans) has refined a loose-lined wash style that draws power from glowing light sources, creating night skies that glitter and seawater that sparkles.' Publishers Weekly (starred review)

'Young readers will delight in seeing our universe’s interconnectedness, and, later, when Ada’s family dashes outside to spin in starlight, they will recognize the inextricable bonds among loved ones… Astonishing artwork shines.' Kirkus (starred review)

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