Are Your Stars Like My Stars?

By Leslie Helakoski (Author), Heidi Woodward Sheffield (Illustrator)


Format Hardcover Picture Book



Are Your Stars Like My Stars?

by Leslie Helakoski, Heidi Woodward Sheffield
“We look at the world every day.
You and me.
Do we see the same things?
Do you see what I see?”

In beautiful, evocative rhyme, this lovely picture book helps children consider the colors of their everyday lives . . . and imagine how others around the world experience the very same things.
No matter where they live, all children gaze at the blue sky, bask in the warmth of the golden sun, dig in the rich dirt, and watch clouds grow soft and rosy at end of day. Through the eyes of one inquisitive and thoughtful young narrator, young readers explore the idea of perspective, and come to realize that all of us, everywhere, share the colors of the world. The gentle, poetic text and gorgeous collaged illustrations make this just right to say goodnight.
No matter how different our lives are, some things are the same. A child’s world is full of color—and, if they look closely, full of wonder. Most double-page spreads of this picture book feature rhyming verse set on the left-hand page that describes in developmentally appropriate language how a child narrator sees a color. Gold, for example, is ‘warm’ and ‘full of sparkle,’ whereas blue is ‘deep, wide, and open.’ Each stanza ends with versions of the same question, which concludes across the gutter or after a page turn: ‘Is your gold… / …like my gold?’ creating a repetitive pattern that will delight young readers. The text is accompanied by rich illustrations of diverse children from all around the world, including South Asia, Latin America, East Asia, and Western settings. The final page features a black child and a white child sitting arm and arm on a hilltop, looking at the same star, driving home the message that our similarities bring us together and our differences make us more beautiful. The best feature of the book is the highly textured, collage-style illustrations, many of which contain soft strokes of color that give the images a pleasantly dreamlike quality. . . . the book’s timely message of universality among diversity is a highly relevant one. —Kirkus -

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Leslie Helakoski is the author of Sterling’s Hoot & Honk Can't Sleep, Big Chickens (the Michigan Reads Picturebook for 2007, Great Lakes Great Books Award, and a GLBA finalist), and Woolbur (a Book Sense pick for 2008, Florida Reading Assoc. Honor Book, and nominee for nine state book awards). Most recently she wrote and illustrated Fair Cow. Leslie lives in southern MI. Twitter: @helakoski.

Heidi Woodward Sheffield was a recipient of the 2017 SCBWI LA Mentorship Award and the SCBWI NY Portfolio Award (Honorable Mention), along with numerous other SCBWI awards. She lives in Northville, MI. Twitter: @wwwheidibooks.

Pub Date: 1/7/2020

ISBN: 9781454930136

Price: $18.99 / $24.99 CAN

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Pages: 32 pages, all in color

Trim: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Picture Books

Age Range: 4 to 7

Publisher: Union Square Kids

Carton Quantity: 32