Stars Will Still Shine

Stars Will Still Shine

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by Cynthia Rylant, Tiphanie Beeke
     
 

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Comforting affirmations of the goodness life offers.

Written in response to troubled times by one of the most celebrated children's book authors of all time, this comforting book is one that children and parents will want to return to when outside conflicts seem overwhelming. Rejoicing in the goodness of daily life with unforced spirituality, Cynthia Rylant's

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Comforting affirmations of the goodness life offers.

Written in response to troubled times by one of the most celebrated children's book authors of all time, this comforting book is one that children and parents will want to return to when outside conflicts seem overwhelming. Rejoicing in the goodness of daily life with unforced spirituality, Cynthia Rylant's gentle verse becomes more powerful with each reading. Matching the pure reverence of the voice, Tiphanie Beeke's luminous watercolors bring a peaceful and uplifted feeling. Like a prayer, this is soothing at bedtime and is a meaningful gift for anyone facing a crisis or starting anew.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K-This picture book serves as a reassuring reminder that good things are always around the corner. In gentle rhyme, Rylant greets a new year and celebrates the constants of life, including new beginnings, togetherness, and the cyclical wonders of the natural world: "the sky will still be there/the stars will still shine/birds will fly over us/church bells will chime." Beeke's soft and soothing watercolor scenes are as comforting as the text; each spread reveals a setting of gentle color-a pink-petaled field, a sunny kitchen, or a cobalt-blue night sky. The human characters are simply drawn and yet joyfully expressive. The book's subject matter and tone make it a wonderful bedtime selection for toddlers and preschoolers, especially when read after a tough day. The optimistic viewpoint and rhyme, along with the appealing visuals, will certainly rate with young children, making this a worthy addition to most collections.-Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A rhymed, reassuring text with beautiful illustrations makes a presentation worth considering for the holidays or any time. "This new year" it begins, with a litany of things that will happen: "cows will have calves / kittens will sleep / flowers will bloom / (a promise they keep)." There will be peaches, ice cream, light in dark places, church bells. The short and simple prose runs in a single line along the bottom of radiant, light-infused illustrations. These move from countryside to cityscape, indoors and out, with a cast of families of many ethnicities (and a fair number of pets). In the spread that reads, "and in this new year / love will be strong," a mom pushes her daughter on a swing hanging from a lovely old tree while their dog sits beneath. The flowers mentioned bloom in a city rooftop garden of pots, and "there will be goodness / there will be grace" underlines a family dinner with a checkered tablecloth and fruit for dessert. Small but strong. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060546397
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/18/2005
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
682,479
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Cynthia Rylant's gift for conveying the enchantment and beauty to be found in everyday life is seen in such award-winning books as Missing May, winner of the Newbery Medal; A Fine White Dust, a Newbery Honor Book; and The Relatives Came and When I Was Young in the Mountains, both Caldecott Honor Books.

Books she's written and illustrated include the much-beloved Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven.

Cynthia Rylant grew up in West Virginia. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Tiphanie Beeke attended the Royal College of Art, where she earned a master's degree in communication and design. She is the illustrator of The Duck Who Played the Kazoo, by Amy E. Sklansky, and many other books for children. The artist lives in France with her husband and three children.

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It would grace any Sunday school class or library story hour...