You Are a Star!

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When it's time to sleep, the night might seem dark and scary, but in this unique bedtime story, readers take a journey through the night sky to the moment a star is born. Starting as a fire in the sky that explodes into millions of pieces, stars eventually become part of Earth with all the living things on it-meaning that everyone has a little bit of stardust inside them. With a light dose of science and a reassuring tone, readers will know that they never have to be afraid of the dark as long as the stars are ...

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Overview

When it's time to sleep, the night might seem dark and scary, but in this unique bedtime story, readers take a journey through the night sky to the moment a star is born. Starting as a fire in the sky that explodes into millions of pieces, stars eventually become part of Earth with all the living things on it-meaning that everyone has a little bit of stardust inside them. With a light dose of science and a reassuring tone, readers will know that they never have to be afraid of the dark as long as the stars are shining.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Through image-filled prose, Australian author Parker gently introduces the idea of Earth's beginnings via the Big Bang by cradling the story inside a fantasy about a girl who takes a trip from her bedroom into the night sky. In whimsical but informative prose, the narrator simultaneously speaks to the girl and child readers: "You are a star. Not a movie star. Or a sports star. You are a star from way, way up in the sky." Like Peter Pan, the girl travels "up into the ink of the night" and explores the universe of stars. "A long, long time ago," one star grew so hot it exploded ("Are you okay? Yes? Good"), and bits of star eventually coalesced into Earth after "flying across space for millions and billions of years." Rossell (Oliver) also walks the tightrope between reality and story, creating some truly breathtaking starscapes for the girl to traverse. By drawing connections between the vastness of the universe and the intimacy of a child's bedroom, Parker and Rossell replace the frightfulness and loneliness that can accompany night with comfort and connection. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
Star light, star bright…a child takes a lyrical journey to the heavens and discovers she's a star--in the best possible way. In simple, poetic prose, a young girl soars into the night sky and discovers the origin of stars. Eons ago a star got hotter and hotter until it exploded. The resulting bits came to settle on what is now Earth and thus became a part of everything on the planet, including humans. The language is clear and directly addresses readers ("Are you okay? Yes? Good"). Imagine children's delight in learning they were born from and are made up of stardust, even down to the grooves of their fingertips. Sweet and captivating illustrations, created from multiple media and often set against vintage-looking maps of constellations, are the stars here, too. They work perfectly with the text to demonstrate for youngsters how their bodies and all living things came to be imbued with pieces of stars. The book is intended to make nighttime less frightening--after all, the sky isn't really dark with all those stars up there--but it also allows children to think larger, deeper thoughts about how marvelously they and their whole universe are connected. No wonder the lucky "star" sleeps so contentedly on the final page. A twinkling delight for bedtime and storytime. (star facts) (Picture book. 4-8)
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
This charming picture book shows little children how they and the universe were formed in a simple, creative way that provides just the right mixture of science and imagination. The author uses a unique method of narration, in that while he is ostensibly addressing the little girl in the book, he could also be talking to the reader as well. He tells the little girl that even the tip of her finger is made out of stars, and then he invites her to fly out of her bedroom window, into the sky, to see what millions of stars look like. From there he takes her on a journey into the life of a single star and its eventual explosion, leading to its role in creating the earth, and everything and everyone in it. The language used in the book is both evocative and beautiful, as are the illustrations which display an interesting progression. In the beginning and in the end of the book, when the little girl is in her bedroom, the drawings are contained in small squares, perhaps showing how small each one of us is in the universe. In the middle of the book, however, when the girl is flying through the sky, the illustrations are large and sometimes cover two pages, hinting at the universe's great expanse. At the end of the book is a page of "star facts" which include information about the sun, the color and life span of stars, and why stars seem to be twinkling. This is a gentle and lovely book that is likely to stir a child's interest in science as well as engage her imagination. The pages are not numbered. Reviewer: Leona Illig
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Parker offers a charming explanation of the theory that we are made of star stuff, but the gentle simplicity of it begs for a technical elaboration that unfortunately is not provided. With spare text that is reminiscent of a parent talking quietly to a child at bedtime, the author tells the story of how the Earth came to be: a star heated up until it exploded, and the bits and pieces flew through space, some coming together to create all parts of our planet, including us. The idea of interconnectedness, that the night sky doesn't have to seem so vast and distant because we are a part of the stars residing there, is very comforting. Too much information would detract from the book's sweet appeal, but some kids will inevitably ask for a more scientific explanation, and they will not find it on the page of random facts at the end. Still, that's just a complaint of convenience. Overall, this is a soothing presentation for the younger set, a pleasant jumping-off point for a more in-depth exploration of our planet's beginnings. Rossell's illustrations, created with a variety of mediums, are initially centered on cream-colored pages sprinkled with watermarks of stars, but when the child is invited to soar into the night sky, the pages are completely awash in midnight blue and antique drawings of the constellations. A soft, thoughtful presentation.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802728418
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 497,418
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL PARKER worked as a lawyer before changing careers to teach English and write. He teaches English at a school in Sydney, Australia.

JUDITH ROSSELL has written and illustrated more than eighty children's books in Australia. She worked as government scientist before becoming a full-time illustrator. www.judithrossell.com

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