The Universe Trilogy

jennifermorgan1.jpgJeffrey converses with author Jennifer Morgan. Seismic cultural change has often been initiated by individuals of vision and tenacity who were placed at the right place at the right time. Jennifer has spent a great deal of time perfecting some magnificent children’s books on the origins of the universe that are beautifully illustrated, brilliantly written and critically acclaimed by leaders as extremely relevant and enlightening alike.

Jennifer’s work as a storyteller, author, educator and environmental advocate flows out of her love of the natural world and cosmology. As former director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey, she started local and national programs for farmers and consumers. In 1996, she took the Earth Literacy program in cosmology and evolution at Genesis Farm, Blairstown, NJ. It so inspired her that she went on to take classes in cosmology and evolution at Princeton University. In sharing what she learned with her six year old son, she discovered that children are intensely interested in the story of the universe. He wanted to know more and more, even jennifermorganbookc1.jpgthe texture of the edge of the Universe. Jennifer consulted with numerous physicists, biologists and anthropologists regarding science concepts and, over time, bedtime conversations with her son turned into books. “Science is handing us an origin story,” she says, “and we’ve only barely begun to understand its mythic dimensions.” She believes that cosmology stories profoundly shape our relationships, work, play, culture, and institutions. Her first book won Learning Magazine’s Teachers Choice Award and both books received the highest review ratings from AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science).

jennifermorganbookb1.jpgHer Trilogy “Born with a Bang”,From Lava to Life” and “Mammals who Morph” convey complex scientific information without diminishing the mystery and wonder and communicate the intrinsic part we as humanity play in the unfolding and evolving story of our universe.

The trilogies’ illustrator Dana Lynn Andersen of Santa Rosa, California, is a multimedia artist, playwright and teacher with degrees in philosophy and consciousness studies. Her paintings, often very large in size, explore the swirling forces of energy that underlie matter and seek to reveal life’s numinous mystery. She believes that as our “depth perception” expands — billions of galaxies discovered in our lifetime! — it is also essential to expand perception inwardly to the vastness within. She is founder of Awakening Arts, a network of artists who “affirm the noble purpose of art as a vehicle for uplifting the human spirit.” Dana provides programs and hands-on projects that have students creating like the Universe.

jennifermorganbook1.jpgThis trilogy should be in every school across our nation as well as library for they truly open a new chapter in educational history where the magic and mystery of our universe is combined with hard science to create a tale that brings the open minds of children into a greater understanding of who they are and how we all are part of the universe and it’s grand story.

Listen to some of the amazing comments about this fantastic trilogy:

“The most beautifully illustrated books I’ve seen that deliver a powerful message to kids. Right now the books are on display in the classroom and fifth graders are treating them with utmost respect, many calling out, ‘Mrs. Lyons, check this out!’ What a great way to foster interest. Thank you!!!
Maura Lyons, 4th & 5th grade science,
Applewild School, Fitchburg, MA

“The series “combines ‘once upon a time’ with science.”
New York Times

“A FANTASTIC journey through time. It is the story of mammalian evolution told in a way that will engage and enchant, as well as educate, children and adults alike. It is a must for every school library — and I shall give it to my grandchildren and my sister’s grandchildren and my godchildren for Christmas and birthday presents”.
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE
Founder, Jane Goodall Institute
UN Messenger of Peace

“These books are alive with wonder, radiance, and deep relevance . . . cosmic gifts that powerfully remind all humans about our source, our connections, and our responsibility. Now students have books to hold and read over and over again”.
Judy Bauerlein, President, American Montessori Society

“By learning where we come from we can agree on where we are going . . . [A] splendid job of telling that story.”
Matthew Fox, Ph.D., author, Original Blessing

“A primer for children of the 21st century. A must for all of us!”
Barbara Marx Hubbard, author, Conscious Evolution

I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Jennifer, and I think you will truly enjoy hearing her share her remarkable story of how she brought these marvelous works into being.

The Omni Art Salon theme music, When Angels Smile, is provided courtesy of Back To Earth

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