Watch the Stars Come Out

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Overview

Into English ESL Library Level F/Grade 5 title

Grandma tells about her mama's journey to America by boat, years ago.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-4 Many years ago two small immigrants made the boat journey alone from the Old World to Hester Street. Theirs is the special story that the young narrator's great-grandmother used to tell. The story is a common, satisfying one of a brother and sister's reunion with their parents. Nothing extraordinary happens, but of course, the family's life is changed forever. There is no dialogue in the story, and only the details important to a child are included, so that it resembles an oral history. This sparseness of text has left the field to the illustrator, in whose full-color drawings are crowds, faces and drama quite beyond this one family's tale. Young readers can return to the book many times with satisfaction: there is a lot to see, to guess at and talk about. In this year when the Statue of Liberty is being restored, this book becomes an excellent introduction to the passage through Ellis Island. Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140555066
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 594,931
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Lexile: 460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.74 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

As a child, Diane Goode loved books and art. She has been drawing ever since she can remember. Of Italian and French descent, she enjoyed the richness of both cultures and traveled to Europe every summer visiting family as well as cathedrals and museums. She feels that these early impressions helped shape her appreciation of art and life. She studied art history at Queens College, but switched to fine arts, in which she earned her degree.

Her love for Europe shows in the setting of many of her books Paris in particular, where two of her recent picture books, Where's Our Mama? and Mama's Perfect Present. take place. She drew on her experience of living for a short time in Pennsylvania, to do the art work for Cynthia Rylant's story of Appalachia, When I Was Young in the Mountains, for which she was awarded a Caldecott Honor Medal. Diane Goode has illustrated 27 books for children, including anthologies and stories she has written herself. She has always been drawn to the classics and has illustrated many of the traditional fairy tales. Of her process, she says:

"I always begin with a rough dummy and then work on the individual pages, sketching very loosely and quickly to establish movement and composition. I do these dozens of times, repositioning enlarging, reducing, adding and omitting. There are always hundreds of sketches for each book. It sounds tedious, but it is the most exciting part of creating a book. When I m satisfied with these, I do the final art. All of my work is done on opaline parchment, a thin but strong paper. I sketch lightly in pencil and use water colors applied with very fine sable brushes. Sometimes I use color pencils with the paint to soften the atmosphere."

Diane Goode now lives in Watchung, New Jersey, with her husband David, an author and college professor. Their son, Peter, attends Rhode Island School of Design.

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