"I started to feel very, very small" says Uma, a young girl who stares up at a night sky full of stars and feels overwhelmed. Her attempts to understand the difficult concept of infinity is explored with age-appropriate examples and Uma feels more reassured as various family and friends express their understanding of infinity. A lovely flight-of-fancy that will pique conversation and contemplation of a profound subject for young children.
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Kate Hosford grew up in Waitsfield, Vermont, where she sometimes wondered about infinity when she looked up at the night sky. She now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.From School Library Journal:
K-Gr 3—A small girl, Uma, ponders infinity while gazing at stars, "How many stars were in the sky? A million? A billion? Maybe the number was as big as infinity." Uma proceeds to ask friends and family how they conceive of infinity. They define it in quantities of numbers, time, music, ancestors—even spaghetti! Finally, she settles on her own measure of infinity, quantified in something that is personal and boundless. Narrator Nancy Wu is accompanied by a full cast of characters, music, and sound effects that complement the text and the book's full-bleed, painted illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska. Background sound effects include a bicycle bell, the "tinkling" of stars, chattering voices, and churning gears. A sense of wonder is embodied in Wu's narration, the illustrations, and the overall production. The audiobook contains two tracks, one with page turn signals and one without. VERDICT This is an intriguing introduction to a mathematical concept, perfect for those seeking to inspire very young people to wonder about math and science. ["This quiet jewel is sure to spark contemplation and conversation": SLJ 10/12 review of the Carolrhoda book.]—Lisa Taylor, Ocean County Library, NJ
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