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NANA STAR

Author: Elizabeth Sills and Elena Patrice

Illustrator: Linda Saker

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Publisher: ee Publishing and Productions,

Material: paperback

Summary: A little girl is enjoying a beautiful day outside. She was so busy, she got tired, and fell asleep. The tickle of a butterfly woke her from her nap, but it was the small voice of a baby star that captured her attention. The baby star is lost and wants his Nana. The little girl promises to help the star return to the sky and becomes Nana Star to help. This picture book is a story of love. It comes with a CD of the story.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Reading Level: 1.5

Age of Child: Read with 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: It took several attempts before we got through this book with our daughter. Although she told us she liked it, she was always quick to ask for another book.

Adult Reader Reaction: We were surprised by our daughter's reaction. It has everything she loves: butterflies, a baby, and a beautiful blue dress. We liked the story and the simplicity of the illustrations. The music on the CD is nice.

Pros: Simple illustrations and a touching story will engage young readers in meeting Nana Star and baby star.

Cons: The ending was a bit abrupt and we meet a new character on the last page. This is a set-up for the next book and it feels like it. The audio version is well narrated, though it would be nice to have a page marker (a sound) so that pre-readers know when to turn the page.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a lovely, well-illustrated story. The CD offers a read-along opportunity which allows kids to enjoy the story independently, too.

If You Liked This Book, Try: FRECKLES AND THE GREAT BEACH RESCUE   LOST IN THE WOOD   ARE YOU MY MOTHER?

Educational Themes: The main character, Nana Star, is one children will relate to. They are naturally curious and generous, and the story shows them how they can channel and share those things with others.

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, fantasy, adventure

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2008

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