How Many Stars in the Sky?

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Mama's away one night, and her son can't sleep. He tries to relax by counting stars, but the more of them he sees, the more determined he is to count every single one. Then the boy finds that Daddy can't sleep either. Together, the two of them set off on an unforgettable all-night journey of discovery.

One night when Mama is away, Daddy and child seek a good place to count the stars in the night sky.

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Overview

Mama's away one night, and her son can't sleep. He tries to relax by counting stars, but the more of them he sees, the more determined he is to count every single one. Then the boy finds that Daddy can't sleep either. Together, the two of them set off on an unforgettable all-night journey of discovery.

One night when Mama is away, Daddy and child seek a good place to count the stars in the night sky.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
James E. Ransome's oil paintings complement Lenny Hort's poetic text perfectly.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One warm summer night, the sky is full of stars and a boy can't sleep. His mama is away. After staring out of his window, wondering ``How many stars in the sky?'' he attempts to count them. Outside, he climbs up into his treehouse for a better view. Soon Daddy joins him, and the sleepless pair set out on a star-gazing odyssey--to the city and then ``deep into the country.'' Finally, ``too tired to drive anymore. . . we slept under the stars that night'' in the back of the pick-up truck. In this worthy addition to the ranks of stories featuring African-American characters, the lyrical rhythm of Hort's text is brought to vibrant life by Ransome's ( Do Like Kyla ) painterly illustrations. The almost-tangible richness of the summer night and its lush green foliage stands in striking contrast to the dark city streets with occasional flashes of neon light. Ages 4-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Mama is away and a young boy just can't sleep. He decides that he wants to know how many stars are in the sky. He stares out the window and starts to count, then he climbs up into his tree house for a better view. Dad too can't sleep, and together they set out on an expedition to count all of the stars. The nighttime adventure explores the warm bond between father and son that is beautifully depicted in Ransome's night scenes. Father and son are shown close together, touching and comforting each other during Mama's absence. A Reading Rainbow book. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-- A young boy whose mother is away can't sleep. He goes outside in his pajamas and tries to count stars only to discover that houses, trees, and streetlamps obscure his view. His father can't sleep either, so they hop in the truck and go to the city in search of a better place to see the sky. As more lights surround them, fewer stars are visible; the one they see turns out to be an airplane. Although by now it's the middle of the night, the man heads into the country; here, the two are awed by stars too numerous to count. Ransome uses thick, visible strokes in his dense oil paintings that completely fill each large-format page. In general they present a nice variety of scenes to match the flow of the text, and the closeness between the black father and son is warmly portrayed. A fresh look at an age-old concept. --Martha Topol, Interlochen Public Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606114844
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Bks.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: REPRINT

Meet the Author

Lenny Hort, author of How Many Stars in the Sky? and Tie Your Sock and Clap Your Feet: Mixed-up Poems (Atheneum), lives in Fort Lee, NJ.

James E. Ransome’s work has appeared in nearly fifty books for children, including The Creation by James Weldon Johnson, a Coretta Scott King Award Book; Uncle Jed’s Barbershop, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; The Old Dog by Charlotte Zolotow; How Many Stars in the Sky? by Lenny Hort; and This Is the Dream by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander. His highly acclaimed illustrations for Let My People Go: Bible Stories Told By A Freeman Of Color won the NAACP Image Award, and his traveling exhibit “Visual Stories” is featured in libraries and museums throughout the country. He teaches illustration at Syracuse University and lives in Rhinebeck, NY, with his family.

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