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|Touch the brightest star|
Author: Matheson, Christie
An interactive picture book showcasing the beauty of nighttime.
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/15)
School Library Journal (03/01/15)
The Hornbook (00/05/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2015 PreS-Gr 1—Matheson follows up her Tap the Magic Tree (Greenwillow, 2013) with a sunset to sunrise journey through the nighttime sky. As before, readers are invited to interact with the story using a motion, thought, or words that provoke a change with every turn of the page. First fireflies, a deer, stars, and constellations appear, then a full moon and owls take their turn. All is finally still until the first light of dawn, when the magic of the day returns. The simple text is engaging and conversational and little ones responding to each prompt are not likely to be distracted by the occasional faulty rhyme. The mixed-media collage art features a palette of blues as gentle and warm as a summer evening. Full-page illustrations evoke the expanse of space while the nearly transparent earthly creatures enhance the peaceful ambiance of this magical reading experience. Those who are interested in the science behind the magic will enjoy the final page, which provides some basic information about the nocturnal world depicted. VERDICT A charming bedtime story.—Lynn Van Auken, Oak Bluffs School, Oak Bluffs, MA - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/15/2015 In this enchanting bedtime story, double-page spreads in full color celebrate the glory of the deep azure firmament. Just as she did in Tap the Magic Tree (2013), Matheson encourages children to interact with each page to make the magic. They can press the firefly, blow a breeze, wish on a star, and swipe a streaking meteor. They whisper to the moon and call “whoo!” to make the owls come out. Little ones can close their eyes, nod their sleepy heads, and settle in for a quiet night’s rest as—“shhhhh”—the sky turns black. At book’s end, another magical day begins with sunrise. Back matter gives details about the Big Dipper, stars, meteors, and some nocturnal creatures. Executed in collage, the art features shiny silver stars, wide-eyed owls, and soft silhouettes to stand out over a gorgeous palette of blues, soft pinks, and white. This is a quiet paean to the beauty and mystery of night, when creatures emerge and the moon and stars take center stage. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.