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Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day with Star Wars Epic Yarns

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Today is Star Wars Reads Day, an international event organized by Star Wars to celebrate reading. If you have a little Star Wars fan, or even if you’re a big Star Wars fan, you need to read these new board books Star Wars: Epic Yarns from Chronicle Books. They’re the perfect way to introduce your child to one of the most epic space adventures of all time.

Chronicle Books was kind enough to provide review copies, and I must say, these are adorable. Each book features 12 of the scenes you love from the films have been painstakingly recreated with needle felting. Accompanying the scene is a word that describes it. They’re durable, and able to withstand most baby damage, and they’re just fun. Read one after the other, your kids will slowly see the story of Star Wars and its narrative arc.

Three books, one for each of the movies in the original trilogy, are available.

The iconic depictions were created by twins Holman and Jack Wang, the team behind the hit Cozy Classics series. Each scene is done in tiny perfect details at 1:7 scale!

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To celebrate the book’s release and Star Wars Reads Day, Chronicle and the authors sent along some insane facts!

  • Approximate number of sheep (shorn once) needed to create enough clean, loose wool to fill the entire volume of an R2-series astromech droid: 2
  • Approximate number of sheep (shorn once) needed to create a strand of yarn long enough to circle the first Death Star once: 45
  • Approximate number of sheep (shorn once) needed to create enough clean, loose wool to fill the entire volume of the first Death Star: 14.4 quadrillion
  • Approximate number of years it would take all the sheep now on earth to produce enough clean, loose wool to fill the entire volume of first Death Star: 34 million years

You can find the Death Star volume of 32.5 quadrillion cubic feet in this infographic.

It would take about 97.5 quadrillion pounds of wool to fill the Death Star, and the world’s sheep only produce 2.86 billion pounds of wool a year. 97.5 quadrillion divided by 2.86 billion = 34 million!

Crazy, right? It just gives me more of an appreciation for the work of the authors, and how much really went into this series. Be sure to check out this behind-the-scenes video below!

Don’t these seem perfect for your little Jedi?

Copy for review graciously provided by the publisher, Chronicle Books.

Bri is the founder and co-editor of What the Fangirl. She loves chai lattes, Disney and fairy tales.

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