Celebrating How We are More Alike than Different

Summary:

Rhyming poetry and children from around the world convey a story that asks about the colors we see in the natural world, all around the globe. A question is posed on the left page, and a corresponding color is named on the right.


Parent Perspective:
It is really hard to describe this book. Each "stanza" opens with descriptive text about a color, and a question about whether your color is the same as what "I" see. How a color is seen in different parts of the world varies, but the idea that color is something we share universally is represented beautifully and effectively.

The illustrations are lovely, and expressive. On several pages it is as though the child is looking straight at your young listener. This is one of those books that after you read (and maybe even before) your child will want to just sit and explore the images. Everyone - including a child in a wheelchair - can see themselves in this book.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Spot-on rhyme and a call-and-answer style draw readers into seeing what kinds of colors other kids see. Beautiful, expressive illustrations will engage readers to explore the book and connect with the kids they see on the page.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This picture book is a rhyming poem about color as something that is different and yet universal.
Educational Themes:

There are lots of ways to engage young readers with the story.

  • Ask your child what color is being talked about on the page.
  • What kinds of things in their world match the color?
  • What kinds of things are people "doing" with their colors?
  • What activities, natural features from a different part of the world match theirs?
Reading Level:
2.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a lovely poem and will likely get many reads. By third grade, though, your child will have outgrown it.

Title Are Your Stars Like My Stars?
Author Leslie Helakoski
Publisher Sterling Children's Books, Imprint Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. © 2020
Illustrators Heidi Woodward Sheffield
ISBN 9781454930136
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Poetry, Rhyme, Concepts - Colors, Stories In Verse

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