From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—An original story of how the stars came to be in the sky. Little Moon Princess lives alone on a moon amid a field of jeweled flowers surrounded by a vast darkness. A sparrow stops by and comments on the loveliness of her home. Little Moon Princess agrees and says she is happy but it frightens her that she cannot see beyond it. The sparrow suggests spreading her jewels in the sky in order to light up the darkness and together they do just that. The result is a beautiful night sky. Lee's stunning use of watercolor and ink creates the illusion of light, and her art offers readers a breathtaking view of the night sky. A lovely read-aloud at storytime.—C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY
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“Long ago, before there were stars,” a sparrow flies through vast darkness toward a faraway light, which turns out to be a jewel-flower-covered moon. There, the sparrow is welcomed by a young princess, who says that she gets frightened: “The darkness is so very big and I am so very small.” The sparrow comes up with an idea about how to extend the jewels light, and he and the princess work together to bring beauty, illumination, and comfort to the universe. The story concludes with a reminder to remember the moon princess when stargazing. In her first picture book, Lee offers a charming pourquoi tale that is also a sympathetic, reassuring depiction of night fears and the value of friendship. The glowing illustrations in richly graduated tones include dramatic scenes, such as one in which the princess gazes toward a seemingly endless gray-black expanse, as well as sweet ones, as when bird and princess nestle beneath a blanket of stars. With the flavor of a classic tale, this simply phrased story will engage both young listeners and independent readers. Preschool-Grade 3. --Shelle Rosenfeld