When Dad Showed Me the Universe

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

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.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2015
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2015-09-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV013060, JUV029000, JUV051000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.25 x 7.75
Lexile 550
ATOS Reading Level 2.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 178097
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2015


Kirkus Reviews

’The winsome illustrations perfectly capture the pull and tug of high philosophy and…quintessential early-grade chuckle[s]….Gentle humor pervades this father-son tale in the nicest way."―starred, Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“Soft strokes and blended colors depict a cozy, congenial world that is supported by a sensitive translation. . . . 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

Author: Ulf Stark

Ulf Stark (1944-2017) is one of the world's great writers. He is author of more than 30 books for children and has won many prizes for his stellar work. He was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018.

Illustrator: Eva Eriksson

Eva Eriksson is one of the world's great illustrators. Her awards include the Astrid Lindgren Prize and the August Award and she is consistently nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.