YOU ARE A STAR! by Michael Parker
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YOU ARE A STAR!

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Star light, star bright…a child takes a lyrical journey to the heavens and discovers she’s a star—in the best possible way.

In simple, poetic prose, a young girl soars into the night sky and discovers the origin of stars. Eons ago a star got hotter and hotter until it exploded. The resulting bits came to settle on what is now Earth and thus became a part of everything on the planet, including humans. The language is clear and directly addresses readers (“Are you okay? Yes? Good”). Imagine children’s delight in learning they were born from and are made up of stardust, even down to the grooves of their fingertips. Sweet and captivating illustrations, created from multiple media and often set against vintage-looking maps of constellations, are the stars here, too. They work perfectly with the text to demonstrate for youngsters how their bodies and all living things came to be imbued with pieces of stars. The book is intended to make nighttime less frightening—after all, the sky isn’t really dark with all those stars up there—but it also allows children to think larger, deeper thoughts about how marvelously they and their whole universe are connected.  No wonder the lucky “star” sleeps so contentedly on the final page.

A twinkling delight for bedtime and storytime. (star facts) (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 18th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8027-2841-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2012




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