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Stars Above Us Hardcover – September 17, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3—Amanda is afraid of the dark, so her father takes her outside one night to look up at the stars. Still, her room is dark and scary, so Daddy brings home paper and paint to make stars that glow in the dark and pastes them on her ceiling. When he goes away, he tells her that he will be able to see the North Star just as she can. He gives her a puppy called Bear, another name for the Big Dipper. Only when he calls from his military post on the other side of the world do readers understand that Amanda's fear of the dark masks a deeper fear for his safety. An unspecified length of time passes, Bear grows, and the family is reunited at last at the airport. Realistic watercolor illustrations, many of them dark and still, are strangely comforting. This quiet, hopeful book speaks especially to the children of military personnel serving abroad, though it will resonate with any child separated from a parent.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN END
"This useful volume reassuringly examines the effect of military deployment on families." --Kirkus
"This quiet, hopeful book speaks especially to the children of military personnel serving abroad, though it will resonate with any child separated from a parent." --School Library Journal
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Amanda is still scared of her room so the next day Daddy helps make "glow in the dark" starts for Amanda's ceiling! He points out the North Star which can be seen from anywhere in the world. (Technically that is NOT true as the North Star can only be seen a few hundred miles south of the Equator BUT for the sake of this story I don't think it matters that much.) He tells her that when he is away she can look at that star and think of him and he will do the same wherever he is. He is going to be gone a long time.
What follows is how Amanda and her mum cope whilst Dad is away serving in the armed forces. It ends with Dad back at home.
A sweet, sweet story which I highly recommend to all those living in the northern hemisphere! If your family is in this situation you may want to put into practice what you read here.