Stardust is a visual essay/picture book that portrays the climate crisis by taking the reader on a journey through the Earth’s past, present and future. It is a story about the process of the universe; where life becomes death and death becomes life.
The protagonist writes letters to the Earth, to the reader and to her unborn child. The letters tell us about the wonder of Earth, and how the protagonist struggles with feelings of shame, grief, and hope. It is a story about humans and the planet, but also about the author’s personal experience, growing up with a grandmother who is a Holocaust survivor and how she tries to find hope in the fact that small things can change history.
Hannah Arnesen takes on large amounts of facts that are difficult to grasp and transforms them into a personal story that is poetic and informative, scary, and hopeful at the same time. It is written for young adults and adults, but it is accessible for all ages. A stunning, unique visual portrayal of the transience of life and the climate crisis that is immediate to understand and, above all, to feel.