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Stars Beneath Your Bed by April Pulley Sayre
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Dec 06, 08

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Stars Beneath Your Bed (The Surprising Story of Dust) is a clever way to teach kids about the sneaky almost invisible concept of dust.
It shows that dust comes from everything and that is just what it is.... little bits of things (big AND small things)!
The author uses specific examples to get kids minds thinking creatively.
"Dust can be bits of unexpected things- a crumbling leaf, the eyelash of a seal, the scales of a snake, the smoke of burning toast, ash from an erupting volcano."
"Dust that made King Tut sneeze is still on Earth. It might be on your floor."
"The dust of our day will color the sunset we see."
The ending of the story has facts on dust and sunsets. It says that anything smaller than one-sixteenth of a millimeter in diameter is considered dust.
This would be a great text for a science unit!!! (or a class book on dust)
It ends by saying:
"Dust can stay in the air for hundreds and thousands of years. Inside your house you may find powder that Cleopatra put on her feet,..... or dust that Martin Luther King Jr. brushed off of his coat." It is a mind boggling thing to think about and delivers the complicated idea of dust in a fun and friendly way.

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