When Dad Showed Me the Universe

“One day Dad said he thought I

was old enough for him to show

me the universe.”

When Dad Showed Me the Universe is a heartwarming story about the bond between a father and son. A Swedish classic written by Ulf Stark and illustrated by Eva Eriksson, this book is now available to English audiences and is perfect for children 5-9 years old and parents alike.

What’s the Story?

The story follows a father and son who go on an expedition (to the edge of town) to explore the universe. Along the way they must stock up on provisions (chewing gum).


Not used to seeing his world in the dark of dusk, the son’s familiar world becomes new and exciting as he explores “the universe” together with his father.

Why is it Great?

The illustrations in When Dad Showed Me the Universe are quant and set the perfect tone for this heartfelt father and son adventure.

Ulf Stark’s storytelling mixes humor, touching moments, and facts about “the universe” into a perfect blend that both educates and entertains. It’s a wonderful story that offers insights into the bond between father and son, childlike wonder, and appreciation of beauty even in the seemingly mundane.


When Dad Showed Me the Universe has something to offer for both children and adults alike and will stay with readers for years to come.

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