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The Star Giver: A Legend from the Far, Far North Hardcover – September 1, 2014
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The Star Giver Ginger Nielson (2014) ISBN 9780991309337 Reviewed by Miles Cassells (age 4) and Mom for Reader Views Kids (07/14)
"The Star Giver" is a brilliant take on what to tell children when they ask where the stars come from. The story is told by Mother Bear to Little Bear at bedtime and explains how the Star Giver tosses the stars into the sea and the sea tosses the stars into the sky so that creatures below can sleep peacefully. "The Star Giver" is surely a fresh new way to look at the stars.
--The Children's Book Review (thechildrensbookreview.com)
The Star Giver
Dramatic brush strokes swirl across double page spreads expressing emotion and providing movement to the illustrations.
From the Author
When I began working on The Star Giver I only had this rhyme running through my head: "Deep in the forest, where the wind never blows, in a far away cave, where the sun never shines, lives a man made of stars and the branches of pines."
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The illustrations are amazingly beautiful. The text is lyrical, and children will enjoy the story - especially at bedtime!
I purchased this book as a Kindle ebook, for two reasons. Firstly, to see what a good picture book looks like on Kindle (from following Ginger's blog and looking at the sample, I could tell it would be good!) Secondly, because I can see it immediately and not pay for postage to Australia.The Kindle edition works well on the Kindle app on my laptop and Android phone - though the text doesn't resize, you can zoom the pictures a little larger. On my Kindle Touch, which is only black and white, some of the images work well but some don't have enough contrast to be easily read in greyscale.
I'm very happy to have this lovely ebook.
With beautiful l illustrations done in Native American colors, Mrs. Nielson illustrates the story, as it unfolds through the word of Mother Bear and the imagination of Little Bear.
The Star Giver holds the stars close until night, when it is time to release them, then waits until morning to finish his task. You will love sharing this story with your children at bedtime, as well as any other time of the day. And she tells you to look for the “secret on the last page of this book”. What is it? You need to get the book to find out.
From her website: “Ginger Nielson lives at the top of a hill, near the edge of a forest in semi-rural New Hampshire, USA. There is a magic wand on her desk, a dragon in her basement, and a tiny elephant in her studio. Everything else is nearly normal.” Sounds like a great place for her imagination to run rampant through the wonderful, imaginative stories that she illustrates, whether that of her own or another writer.
Naturally I had to give it five stars... but there are many more in the heavens.