Picture: Nosy Crow
from Jeanne Willis
with Illustrations from Briony May Smith
published 06. September 2019
A Courage Make Book
Theme Uniqueness, I- Strengthening
for children 4 years +
Description from the publisher
"One little girl dreams of being a star. But whether it’s finding Mum’s lost wedding ring or winning the fancy-dress prize, her big sister always shines brighter. Yet for her grandad she is a star and, as he dries her eyes and they both gaze up at the night sky, he tells a story, the story of the beginning of the world. Everything and everyone is made of stardust, and we all shine in different ways. It’s a lesson this little girl will never forget . . . and one day her dream comes true, and she finally realises her ambition to become an astronaut and fly up to the stars."
This very sensitive story goes to the heart. It is the story of a little girl who is always in the shadow of her sister, who is only called a star by everyone. It has been difficult for many of our reading children to experience how hard this is for the first-person narrator, but that is exactly what is intended, because it is precisely from this feeling that the Aha experience, which is the special message of this story, takes place. Mind.
To believe in yourself, to follow dreams no matter what others say, no matter how hard it may be. Isa Thiele-Eich tells us about this in the foreword to the story that it is worth working to make his dreams come true. She will become the first German astronaut to fly into space in 2020. Our little protagonist and first-person narrator would love to be a star, would like to shine so brightly and be admired. Longingly, she looks fascinated and melancholic into the starry sky. On Earth, but in reality, it really isn't easy. She is in the shadow of her sister, who always can do everything better than her, who is constantly praised by her parents and, to top it all, is also called "my star". Briony May Smith illustrations capture these shadow moments incredibly expressively. So expressive that even as an adult, it's hard to get your heart down. But our little first-person narrator is lucky. It is not as alone as it seems at first. Her grandpa lovingly takes care of his little granddaughter. He realizes how carelessly the others treat the little ones. After one of these defeats in which the sister is back in the spotlight, the little girl runs into a large meadow in the dark and looks longingly into the starry sky as her grandpa joins her. She tells him about her desire to be a star and learns something that changes her whole life. He tells us that all people are from stardust. He tells her about the Big Bang, the origin of the world, of heaven, earth, stars and people, and that each human being shines in his own way, and it is precisely this message that she gives us readers along the way.
We experience a wonderful, very intense story, which is reinforced in its expressiveness by the melancholic, atmospheric illustrations. A little mysterious, kept in dark shades, but never duster, with great attention to detail. Magical with many elements and the fascination of space, combined with the desire to fly to the moon come alive in the pictures. And so our little protagonist finally looks at the Earth from her space rocket and gives us along the way:
"Beam in your very own way!
For don't forget you are made of stardust."
Just as special as the story and also the illustrations is the cover, which also makes the book something very special through a linen-like strict. Our reading children love these covers about which one likes to caress again and again and spreads a warm feeling that wonderfully tunes at the mood of the story.
Hoer brings the children into the story while experiencing the cover, which is so fascinating that they still occupy one long after we closed the book.
It encourages children to talk about their desires and dreams, but it certainly opens the eyes of many adults. Encourages you to think about your own behavior towards your children. In conversations with our reading children between the ages of 5 and 7, the children repeatedly discussed the behaviour of the parents, who call the sister "our little star" and clearly prefer her. The children saw the behaviour very reflectively. Some reported similar situations in their family others said that the parents certainly did not make it so conscious - with bad intentions - and probably were not aware that they were excluding the other daughter by the behavior.
When stories encourage people to think about behaviors, these are the moments that make a lasting difference, and so many children who don't feel that way or feel special often go lightly and empowered from this wonderful story.
Bildquelle: Loewe Verlag
glaub an dich und du findest den Weg zu den Sternen
von Jeanne Willis
mit Bildern von Briony May Smith
übersetzt vin Nadine Mannchen
1. Aufl. Juni 2019