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All images above © Soyeon Kim, from the book You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey & Soyeon Kim, OwlKids Press.

As the worlds of science and illustration continue to show, sometimes non-traditional forms of  illustration – the whimsical, the mysterious, the abstract – are the best ways to draw in a new audience to scientific ideas.

The book You Are Stardust by author Elin Kelsey and illustrator Soyeon Kim (hey! We were students together!) transcends typical illustration and leaves room for children and adults alike to ponder the wonderful facts it presents.

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An Essay by You Are Stardust author Elin Kelsey

You Are Stardust app coming soon by OwlKids Press


Glendon Mellow About the Author: Glendon Mellow is a fine artist, illustrator and tattoo designer working in oil and digital media based in Toronto, Canada. He tweets @FlyingTrilobite and is on Instagram. You can see Glendon's work-in-progress at The Flying Trilobite blog and portfolio at Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

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  1. 1. 2:36 pm 11/15/2012

    Wow, Glendon – so cool. And interestingly, it’s the kids’ version of the book I just illustrated for Neil Shubin, coming out in Jan 2013!

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  2. 2. Glendon Mellow 2:48 pm 11/15/2012

    Really? That’s awesome!

    In the small-world category, You Are Stardust has an educator’s guide supplement online, from a teacher where my wife used to work.

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  3. 3. Saffy 8:49 am 11/26/2012

    I love the idea of mixing 2D with 3D and bringing the image alive – adding that sense of depth too it!

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