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This is the story of Edwin Hubble, a boy fascinated by the stars who surmounted many hurdles to follow his dreams of becoming an astronomer. Using the insights of great mathematicians and endlessly observing the sky, he succeeded in confirming two things that altered human life forever: that there are more galaxies than our own, and that the universe is always expanding. H This is the story of Edwin Hubble, a boy fascinated by the stars who surmounted many hurdles to follow his dreams of becoming an astronomer. Using the insights of great mathematicians and endlessly observing the sky, he succeeded in confirming two things that altered human life forever: that there are more galaxies than our own, and that the universe is always expanding. Hubble’s message to us is to find peace in the vastness of the mystery surrounding us, and to be curious. “We do now know why we are born into the world,” he said, “but we can try to find out what sort of world it is.”


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This is the story of Edwin Hubble, a boy fascinated by the stars who surmounted many hurdles to follow his dreams of becoming an astronomer. Using the insights of great mathematicians and endlessly observing the sky, he succeeded in confirming two things that altered human life forever: that there are more galaxies than our own, and that the universe is always expanding. H This is the story of Edwin Hubble, a boy fascinated by the stars who surmounted many hurdles to follow his dreams of becoming an astronomer. Using the insights of great mathematicians and endlessly observing the sky, he succeeded in confirming two things that altered human life forever: that there are more galaxies than our own, and that the universe is always expanding. Hubble’s message to us is to find peace in the vastness of the mystery surrounding us, and to be curious. “We do now know why we are born into the world,” he said, “but we can try to find out what sort of world it is.”

30 review for The Boy Whose Head Was Filled With Stars: A Story About Edwin Hubble

  1. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    Another gem on the biography shelf. This book conveys the wonder and excitement of observing the cosmos. The foil-inlay text was a nice touch.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    The illustrations are lovely, and the author conveys biographical and scientific information clearly and smoothly, at a level that children can understand.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    I have always been interested in learning about Hubble, and included him on lists of people with Indiana connections when we studied them in school. (I was pleased that this book did include his brief stint at New Albany HS.) The book does a great job of illustrating Hubble's power of wonder through both words and graphics. The starry spreads are gorgeous, with some of the text in a silvery glow. The end matter is helpful, although I think the author's protests about astronomers vs military leade I have always been interested in learning about Hubble, and included him on lists of people with Indiana connections when we studied them in school. (I was pleased that this book did include his brief stint at New Albany HS.) The book does a great job of illustrating Hubble's power of wonder through both words and graphics. The starry spreads are gorgeous, with some of the text in a silvery glow. The end matter is helpful, although I think the author's protests about astronomers vs military leaders went a bit far.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Miss Sarah

    A picture book biography of Edwin Hubble whose love of space started early and lasted a lifetime and through career changes to lead him to study the stars. Elementary and up

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    A simple, accessible, yet rich picture book biography. Sparse text conveys the wonder and awe the Hubble must have felt. The repetition of the same three questions is effective, and the illustrations try to steal the show.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    Great pictures accompany this informative book about Edwin Hubble (whom I discovered did not help create the Hubble telescope, it was named after him).Anything you did not like about the book? Some pages had silver writing that was on theme (stars) but hard to read, I had to tilt the book to get the light right. It was a little too informative for my six year old, but my nine year old budding astronaut lliked it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    Born in the late 1800s, Edwin loved the stars from a young age. At eight, he was given a telescope by his grandfather, and they headed into the Missouri night to see the stars up close. Edwin was a good student who loved math and learning about the universe, but his father wanted him to do something else with his life. So Edwin studied law before becoming a high school teacher. It wasn’t until after his father’s death that Edwin felt he could study astronomy. His first job was at Mount Wilson Ob Born in the late 1800s, Edwin loved the stars from a young age. At eight, he was given a telescope by his grandfather, and they headed into the Missouri night to see the stars up close. Edwin was a good student who loved math and learning about the universe, but his father wanted him to do something else with his life. So Edwin studied law before becoming a high school teacher. It wasn’t until after his father’s death that Edwin felt he could study astronomy. His first job was at Mount Wilson Observatory, the world’s largest telescope. There, he spent years studying the Andromeda nebula, eventually proving that it was a separate galaxy. Edwin continued to classify and learn more about galaxies, discovering that they move away from each other and that the further away they are, the faster they move. Eventually, the Hubble Telescope was launched, named after this man who studied the stars and increased our understanding of the universe. In her debut picture book, Marinov shows real skill in taking a lifetime of accomplishments and making them accessible for young readers. She writes with a tone that shares the facts of Hubble’s life but also shares his personality, his wonder at the universe and the hard work and resilience it took for him to make his discoveries. As Hubble and others ask big questions about the universe, these statements are done in a silver print that elevates them and will have the reader marveling along. The illustrations are done in a whimsical style that uses fine ink lines to share small details of large telescopes and landscapes. Using the darkest of black ink, Marcero illuminates her pages with stars that sweep across the paper. One gatefold opens to reveal a series of nebulae to wonder at. A strong and interesting look at one of the most famous astronomers. Appropriate for ages 6-8.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    So much impressive detail in the pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations in this book and very appropriate for the biography of Edwin Hubble, whose unwavering focus on the stars and sky led to great discoveries. Edwin's story, along with the text's repeated refrain, "How many stars are in the sky? How did the universe begin? Where did it come from?" will encourage curious minds to keep exploring and reaching for the stars. Backmatter provides more information on the Hubble-Lemaître Law and Hubble So much impressive detail in the pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations in this book and very appropriate for the biography of Edwin Hubble, whose unwavering focus on the stars and sky led to great discoveries. Edwin's story, along with the text's repeated refrain, "How many stars are in the sky? How did the universe begin? Where did it come from?" will encourage curious minds to keep exploring and reaching for the stars. Backmatter provides more information on the Hubble-Lemaître Law and Hubble's discoveries along with very sincere author and illustrator notes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    The Literacy Advocate

    Gorgeous illustrations and kid-friendly science! This books talks up to children, rather than down. A few obvious unconnected dots resulted in the rating of "4," but the content, intent and glorious pictures and chartings are stellar (pun intended!). Gorgeous illustrations and kid-friendly science! This books talks up to children, rather than down. A few obvious unconnected dots resulted in the rating of "4," but the content, intent and glorious pictures and chartings are stellar (pun intended!).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debra Hines

    Excellent picture book for older children and Young Adults. Beautiful illustrations; lots of good information about Hubble, and inspiring as well.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Great Books

    Reviewer #16

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Gorgeous

  13. 5 out of 5

    Billie Hinton

    Wonderful book - gorgeous illustrations. Have gifted to my grandson due in April. :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Does have a page claiming the earth is billions of years old which was disappointing. Great book with nice illustrations though.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen Troutman

    Great book for our young readers! Explains science at their level. Love the silver inlay text and illustrations.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Good for introduction to Edwin Hubble for 7-10. The illustrator goes into her process in the end notes—helpful to those interested.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Caralen

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Noonan

  20. 4 out of 5

    Patty Ann

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joelyn

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Özge Ilık

  24. 5 out of 5

    Em

  25. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  27. 5 out of 5

    sucker4synth

  28. 5 out of 5

    Peter Podbielski

  29. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Simonin

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