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MOMMY’S LITTLE STAR by Janet Bingham


by Janet Bingham & illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-545-03408-1
Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

While catching leaves one fall day, Little Fox wonders where the top of the sky is. With gentle guidance in the form of questions based on their surroundings, Mommy Fox leads her son to puzzle out the answer to his question. Bees fly higher than the treetops, but birds fly even higher. After a rain, a rainbow arches over everything, but clouds float above that. Higher still are the sun and moon, and finally the stars. But even they are not the top—the sky goes on forever. Of course, this leads Little Fox to ask where the sky begins. Mommy’s answer will resound with even the littlest listeners: “The sky is just like love. . . . It never ends. And it starts right here with my own little star.” Beardshaw’s acrylics are filled with the sights of an autumn forest—mushrooms, falling leaves depicted in amazing detail and yellowing ferns. While her foxes lack variety in facial expression, the tender love between mother and son and their joy in the everyday is clearly portrayed. Fits easily on the “How-much-I-love-you” shelf. (Picture book. 3-7)