LITTLE STAR by Antonin Louchard


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Age Range: 3 - 6
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This lengthy wordless story follows a small red star on a vast journey. Starting off on the ocean floor, the star is swirled up onto the water’s surface by the motion of a boat and its anchor. It floats for a while, is washed onto the beach, and is discovered by a doll-faced child carrying a red bucket. The child tucks the star blissfully into her hair, but it’s almost immediately snatched by a seagull and carried up into the heavens. Outerspace is black and starlit, painted more dramatically than the other environments. When the seagull vanishes into the distance, the red star remains with the yellow-white regular stars, identical except in color. Soon it dives back towards earth, crashes into the ocean, and drifts back down to the ocean floor, where it began. The anchor next to it—either the same anchor as at the beginning or a similar one—implies that perhaps this journey has been part of a cycle and will begin again. Alternatively, it could imply that the star has been in one place all along and has been dreaming. Is it really a star, as the title says, or is it a starfish? Such philosophical questions are the only things left up to the reader; unlike in some wordless books, the plot here is too straightforward to allow much interpretation. While thoughtful perusers looking for something quiet might enjoy this, there’s nothing special in the paintings. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7868-1939-1
Page count: 56pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2003