The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars: A Life of Edwin Hubble by Isabelle Marinov, illustrated by Deborah Marcero


The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars: A Life of Edwin Hubble by Isabelle Marinov, illustrated by Deborah Marcero. Enchanted Lion Books, 9781592703173, 2021

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)  5

What did you like about the book:  A wonderfully illustrated picture book biography of Edwin Hubble – a boy from Missouri who was fascinated by the stars.  Each page is done in starry night blacks, blues, and greys.  Edwin spent many hours looking at the sky wondering, “How many stars are in the sky?” “How did the universe begin?” “Where did it come from?”  His grandfather was as curious as Edwin about the universe and built him a telescope.  Now he could see the moon and the stars.  Edwin was a very good student- he loved math, reading, and astronomy.  He studied law at Oxford, England for his father and returned to Indiana to become a high school teacher and basketball coach.  Edwin couldn’t stop thinking about the stars.  After his father died, he went on to study astronomy.  “He then took a job at Mount Wilson Observatory, home to the world’s largest telescope.”  Here he was able to spend many hours studying and making important discoveries.   The Hubble Space Telescope is named after him and was launched into space in 1990.  “His message to us: Look…Look up at the stars.”  “We do not know why we are born into the world, but we can try to find out what sort of world it is.”

The back pages contain an author and illustrator note, as well as detailed information on Edwin Hubble’s two important discoveries that changed our view of the universe:  “The universe is so much bigger than we thought” and “The universe is getting bigger all the time”.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?   A great picture book biography for upper elementary interested in math and science.

Who should buy this book?  Elementary schools and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, J.C. Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  March 27, 2021

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