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Children's LiteratureSister Girl tells how she takes her younger brother Young Wolf out to see the wonders of the world. As they watch the shapes in the clouds, a thunderstorm erupts, and lightning starts a prairie fire while they are far from home. They run in fear, finding safety in a stream as the fire passes. But then they are lost in the dark. Magically the stars form the shapes of the Old Ones, including their beloved grandmother who has recently died. She guides them safely home, and promises to be with them always, watching over them with the other Star People. Nelson fills the double pages with paintings which interpret the children in a stylized fashion but render the animals and landscape more naturalistically. The skies, of course, dominate most scenes with luminous night-time sky colors with the stars as both stars and also symbols of animals and people. There is a mystical quality to the imagined story line that goes beyond the text to appeal directly to our emotions. The author fills in background material on the story, and on the illustration style as well. 2003, Harry N. Abrams, Ages 4 to 8.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz