Stardust, The Story of Us
What readers say
Last Christmas my wife was showing me books she had bought for our kids, when she produced this beautiful book by a local Irish author. I'm interested in space, time and matter and I'm always trying to introduce these ideas to my children in simple ways with varying degrees of success. With this book, Neil captures those concepts and more with a beautiful story that starts at the beginning and stretches throughout time to the present. A lovely find.
This beautifully written and pictured book is the perfect Christmas gift
for a child or an adult.....
a lovely reminder of who we really are
Beautifully written book with fabulous illustrations... a lovely reminder for children about their uniqueness and inner beauty...
What's it about?
Stardust the story of us
Our story begins at the start of it all
with a beautiful spark, powerful yet small,
all by itself in a vast empty sea
with dreams of the future and what it could be…
It started to stretch, then it started to grow
Its tiniest pieces, they started to glow
as they danced, and they spun, oh what a sight!
when they made the first stars to light up the night.
With stars came warmth, how it must have looked
As inside, new atoms were baked and were cooked.
When they were ready, these stars would explode
To share all their stardust, as seeds to be sowed…
This Stardust had plans, such big dreams you see,
Grown quite grand from that sparks’ energy.
With love at its core, Stardust was free
And soon to become all that would be…
It formed into planets, moons, stars, our sun
but life, as we know it, had not yet begun.
It had to make ready, our world to prepare
For all of the creatures, that soon would live there
So, it turned into land, into skies, into seas,
plants in our oceans, flowers and trees
with roots to connect to the life-giving dirt,
they spread through the land and clung to the earth.
Then Stardust decided, “I want so much more.”
“Through the water I’ll swim, through the air I shall soar!”
And it became birds, reptiles, mammals and fish
to live as it wanted, to grant its own wish…
It grew into all sorts and manners of creatures
with all kinds of textures, colours and features
to explore and experience every sensation
on this beautiful world, its own creation…
Now, as much as it loved to swim, fly and walk,
Stardust decided it wanted to talk.
and since that was hard with a snout or a beak,
it had an idea for one that could speak!
This one would be different, on earth it would walk
but also, would climb, run, jump, swim, and talk!
When more of its kind learned to work together,
They’d fly in machines as light as a feather
With minds to imagine, voices to share
knowledge, ideas and hearts that would care
to help those who struggled to move, hear, were blind
with love in their name, this new humankind
Becoming all people, all colours, all races,
And wanting to smile through so many faces,
It took on all shapes and all sizes to be
For Stardust adores variety…
It loved being human, it had so much fun,
Playing with friends in the warmth of the sun,
At night looking up at the stars high above
Reminded how all that we know came from Love
For all it became Stardust never forgot
How it danced, and it played in a star’s melting pot.
All people, all creatures, our planet, our sun
Always connected, forever as one
That spark of creation still lies within
the core of each person and once we begin
to see that it’s there, it’s our power to use,
We’ll make our dreams real, however we choose…
We can care for our planet, and for one another
regardless of race we are sisters and brothers,
building a world that fills us with pride
using the power of our stardust inside.
We can leave our best work that will surely inspire
those who come after, to reach even higher…
proving why stardust, with all its might
chose us as its dream and got us just right.
This story began and, though it is true,
it has not yet ended, but it has led to you,
So, live your whole life, shining brightly, you must!
As the stars you are made of
for you are Stardust…