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Nora's stars (sandcastle) Hardcover – September 16, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Philomel (September 16, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399218874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399218873
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,456,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Intricate, delicately drawn and colored illustrations flavor this tale of a child's dreamy adventures during a visit to her grandmother's. Ages 4-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- While a little girl is visiting her grandmother who lives in a lovely Mediterranean setting, she discovers an old trunk full of toys that come magically to life at bedtime. That night when Nora wishes that she could have the stars that appear to be so close, the toys gather them up from the sky and bring them to her. They spend an enchanted evening playing with the stars; when Nora realizes how sad and dark the sky is without any twinkling lights, she sends them back where they belong and falls contentedly asleep. Soft pastel drawings evoke the lush tropical setting and capture the whimsical mood of this quiet bedtime fantasy. Pages are attractively laid out with ample white space to set off the cozy, detailed illustrations. --Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, N.Y.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Terrie on December 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book has really lovely illustrations and a magical imaginary story. Nora is visiting her grandmother and is learning about the wonders of a plum tree, a turtle and hibiscus flowers, all things that are new and exciting to her. After a busy day, as she's in bed, the toys from her grandmother's youth come alive and hop out of an old trunk that is in the bedroom with Nora. (...). It's a simple story, happily dreamlike, nothing scary, just a wonderful flight of fancy before drifting off to sleep. The illustrations are enchanting, sparkling like a night sky. The wakeful toys are charming and Nora's thorough but unselfish enjoyment of the stars makes for a comforting and positive idea to savor in those last moments before sleep. Stellar!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MG Sriram on May 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
A good test for a children's book is whether a toddler recalls the book and asks for it about 2 months after it was last read to her. By this standard, "Nora's Stars" receives an A. My 3.5 year old daughter asked for it last night and was disappointed to learn that we had returned it to the library a while back. The story gently flows from the commonplace-- visiting grandma -- to a magical event, and back again. There are no frightening creatures or disturbing events. Its an almost perfect bedtime story. And the illustrations are engagingly beautiful too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Shirley on February 20, 2010
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This book mesmerized me as a child, and as an adult I am still drawn to its beautiful pictures, mythical plot and wonderfully woven storytelling. I bought this book for a little girl named Nora who was adopted from China, and she was delighted not only to have a book with a main character who shared her name and appearance, but also to have pages of stars to marvel at.

One of the books that will stay in my mind forever. I will buy this book for my children when I start a family, it simply cannot be missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C Diaz on March 20, 2011
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I learned about this book at a workshop for Music Educators in San Antonio, TX. Nora's Stars is a wonderful children's story that ignites the imagination of children everywhere. Using it as part of an exploration in movement and sound in my music classroom, I saw my students thrilled and excited to hear it read, to dramatize it and to perform Orff instruments to it.

I received this book in a very timely manner and in very good condition.
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By Buttercup on February 18, 2012
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This is a lovely story, and beautifully illustrated, perfect for my own Nora. I can see it becoming a favorite in our house!
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