Grateful to have won such a beautiful children's book from LibraryThing!
About The Book
One little girl dreams of being a star. But whether it's finding Mum's lost wedding ring or winning the fancy-dress prize, her big sister always shines brighter. Yet for her grandad, she is a star and, as he dries her eyes and they both gaze up at the night sky, he tells a story, the story of the beginning of the world. Everything and everyone is made of stardust, and we all shine in different ways. It's a lesson this little girl will never forget ...and one day her dream comes true, and she finally realizes her ambition to become an astronaut and fly up to the stars.
One little girl dreams of being a star, but whether finding Mom's lost wedding ring or winning a costume prize, her big sister always shines brighter. Then, one night, the girl gazes up at the sky with her grandfather, who tells her how everything and everyone is made of stardust, so we all shine in different ways.
With illustrations from new talent Briony May Smith and text by award-winning author Jeanne Willis, this touching story about being true to yourself is perfect for anyone who's ever felt overshadowed.
I love this book because it is so nurturing and affirming. Brilliant writing in capturing the pure honesty of a little girl's perspective amidst family dynamics. Whether one is overshadowed by siblings or compared with others in the family tribe, the feeling of not measuring up or feeling good about oneself and their performance needs to be addressed. So, a loving Granddad overhears the cry of the little one's heart to be a star and helps her to recognize the beauty of her own special uniqueness in a beautiful and powerful way that she will never forget. The illustrations are grand, with peaceful hues and realistic scenes, along with an imaginary under-the-sea visit that is my absolute favorite. The ending is great, too!
5/5 stars! Highly recommend!!
Thank you, LibraryThing and Candlewick Press!
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