When Dad Showed Me The Universe by Ulf StarkWhen Dad Showed Me The Universe by Ulf Stark

When Dad Showed Me The Universe

byUlf StarkIllustratorEva Eriksson

Picture Books | September 1, 2015

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Tonight Dad wants to show Ulf something very special: the universe. Of course, they can't possibly embark on such a daring adventure unprepared, so they wrap up warm, gather provisions, and then off they go. It's a long walk, but eventually they get there. Along the way, they learn that sometimes the journey is more important than the destination, and sometimes the biggest lessons happen when you least expect them.

Ulf Stark is a Swedish author for children and young adults. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and won many awards, including the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.Eva Eriksson is one of the world's great illustrators. She is consistently nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen and other international awards...
Title:When Dad Showed Me The UniverseFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 10.5 × 7.5 × 0.25 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Gecko PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927271819

ISBN - 13:9781927271810


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartwarming! Heartwarming and fun! And the illustrations are lovely, too!
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its' a book that you want to hug! This modern Swedish classic is now translated into English for us to enjoy. This book has a strong narrative and soft, classic illustrations for both young and old to delight in. This would be a perfect book for sons, fathers, or grandfathers as it celebrates the special bond between males. Ulf Stark is noted for his incredible sense of humour and this book will not disappoint. A little boy is taken by his father to ogle the majesty of the universe one star-studded night. The father prepares for the journey by making sure both he and his son are bundled up nice and warm, that provisions are purchased and tucked safely inside his pocket and that the trek is safe and memorable. All seems to be going to plan and then a hilarious twist brings the father back down to reality. He receives a lesson that gets his head out of the clouds and makes him realize that the most important things are right back on earth, right under your nose! The ending will have you in stitches, guaranteed. As you sit and reflect on the book you will understand the author's message to his readers: "Sometimes the journey is more important than the destination, and sometimes the biggest lessons happen when you lease expect them." I highly recommend this book... it deserves a Storywrap hug!
Date published: 2016-09-19

Editorial Reviews

"The nature of the nighttime excursion a father has in mind is hinted at in the opening scene: a magazine featuring planets and stars can be observed on a cobalt blue chair in his dental office, where his son plays quietly with a tray of toys. The two bundle up and walk through the town, stopping once for 'provisions' (gum). This import, published in Sweden in 1998, has a European feel; Eriksson dots Dad's dental jacket with tiny flecks of blood. The duo passes a small, neighborhood fish shop, hardware store, and market. Soft strokes and blended colors depict a cozy, congenial world that is supported by a sensitive translation. As the father enthusiastically guides his son to a hill, the boy asks: 'What actually is the universe?' Although he is told it includes everything, his father's actions indicate that, 'The way there was straight ahead and then to the left.' Dry humor in text and illustration do not undermine the affection and quiet wonder that are also present. As the child marvels at a snail and thistle, Dad instructs him to look up, pointing out the Scorpion, Little Bear, and the Serpent. The heavens are difficult to decipher, but the boy can easily identify the smell and brown glob on Dad's shoe: 'It's Big Dog!' VERDICT While the lesson does not play out exactly as had been intended, the child learns that the universe is '.beautiful..And funny.' So is this warm, loving story."-School Library Journal