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|Author: Jennifer Morgan
Illustrator: Dana Lynne Andersen
Retail Price: Paperback • $9.95
Lots of people have gotten very excited about this book and its sequels. It succeeds at telling the amazing story of the universe and our Earth’s creation with scientific accuracy but without diminishing the mystery and wonder. The three books together tell OUR STORY. As cosmologist and author Dr. Brian Swimme said, “In the magic of this story . . . suddenly, we have the feeling that we BELONG.” The second book is From Lava to Life: The Universe Tells Our Earth Story. The final book is Mammals Who Morph: The Universe Tells Our Evolution Story
- Learning Magazine Teacher’s Choice Award
- North American Publishing Co. Gold Ink Award (Silver)
- NAPRA Nautilus Award (finalist)
— Dr. Thomas Berry, cultural historian, author of Dream of the Earth
Children like stories; science can be a harder sell. But Jennifer Morgan of Princeton has combined “once upon a time” with subjects like the relationship of energy and matter, black holes in space and the formation of elements in Born With a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story. Yes, it’s a first-person recounting by the universe (“Like you, I started as a tiny speck”) that ends with the formation of the Earth. Ms. Morgan had attended a workshop that combined cosmology with an “inner” point of view and noted the interest of her son, then 6, when she told him about it. She took two cosmology courses at Princeton, consulted with the professors and with local schoolchildren, found an illustrator – Dana Lynne Andersen – and published her book, for ages 7 to 12, a few weeks ago. The book $19.95 in hardback and $9.95 paperback, is available from its publisher, Dawn Publications, (800) 545-7475, www.dawnpub.com A second book, which continues the story through the extinction of dinosaurs, is due next year, and she plans a third.
— The New York Times (Up Front Section, p. 3, June 9, 2002)