The Story of Space by Catherine Barr, Steve Williams

The Story of Space

Written by Catherine Barr, Steve Williams
Illustrated by Amy Husband

7+ readers   Fascinating Facts   5+ readers   

RRP £12.99

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The story of space is told with all the drama and excitement it merits but clearly and simply for the youngest readers. Over forty colourful pages readers travel through billions of years of history from moments before the Big Bang to the formation of the Sun and our planets, the development of life on Earth and to mankind’s gradual exploration of space. Painted illustrations depict space and the planets nearest Earth in bright, bold colours, and two little astronauts are on hand to add helpful comments about the scenes that surround them. This is mind-expanding stuff and this intriguing introduction to our universe should inspire a long-term fascination in young children. ~ Andrea Reece


The Story of Space by Catherine Barr, Steve Williams

Before the Big Bang there was NOTHING AT ALL. No galaxies, no space, no light and no sound. Then suddenly, 13.8 billion years ago, IT ALL BEGAN...

This beautiful follow-up to The Story of Life is an exciting and informative guide to the history of our Universe. Travel back in time to the Big Bang, see galaxies and stars form, watch the birth of our planet and how life begins, join the first man on the moon, and wonder what mysteries are still waiting to be discovered.

Amy Husband’s glorious, graphic illustrations shimmer and sparkle throughout this striking book; and children will love to pour over each spread awash in swirls of colour and light. The text from Catherine Barr and Steve Williams is perfectly positioned for little readers, offering a well-thought out mix of exciting narrative and technical terms. Littered with interesting facts and thought-provoking questions, this is the style of book that encourages children and adults alike to absorb and re-tell the parts that fascinate them. The Story of Space has the dynamic feel of a real journey through the stars, and is sure to ignite a healthy interest in science, space and astronomy within little astronauts!


‘Engaging, narrative non-fiction introduction to the Universe.’ ~ The Bookseller

Praise for The Story of Life:

‘An exciting and dramatic introduction to evolution for young children, written in consultation with the Natural History Museum.' The Bookseller

About the Author

Catherine Barr studied Ecology at Leeds University and trained as a journalist. She worked at Greenpeace International for seven years as a wildlife and forestry campaigner and has a long-running interest in environmental issues. While working as an editor at the Natural History Museum, she researched and wrote two major summer exhibitions: Dinosaurs of the Gobi Desert and Myths and Monsters. She is now a partner in communications company bwa design. She lives on a hill near Hay-on-Wye in Herefordshire with her partner and two daughters. Follow her on Twitter and view her website.

Steve Williams is a biologist with a degree in Marine Biology and Applied Zoology from the University of Wales. His lifelong love of wildlife was further inspired by eight years at sea, after which he trained as a teacher, and now teaches science in a rural comprehensive school in Wales. He is a beekeeper and lives near Hay-on-Wye with his wife and two daughters. Follow Steve on Twitter.

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

6th April 2017




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