And The Four-Year-Old’s *new* favorite color is….

Detailed image of supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. (Credit: NASA/CXC/GSFC/U.Hwang et al.)

The Four-Year-Old, decisively: “Gold.”

Mother, a bit chagrined at how expensive her daughter’s tastes are already getting: “Why?”

The Four-Year-Old: “Because it’s rare and it was cooked in a star that died long ago.”

Mother surreptitiously Asks the iPhone and finds  Cosmic Crashes Forging Gold (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft).

Mother: “Huh. Well, I suppose that’s ok.”

(Not that The Four-Year-Old read that article, you understand. She learned about the cosmic origin of gold on an episode of Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking.)

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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4 Responses to And The Four-Year-Old’s *new* favorite color is….

  1. Sheila says:

    that’s my girl!


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