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“A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.”
Summary: One night a young boy sees something flickering around the edge of the night sky. His Grandmother tells him that is the man made of stars. He goes to work every night with a bag and a lantern. Every night, the boy looks for the man and sometimes thinks he sees him. One day the boy sees the man pulling pulling light out of his bag and throwing it into the sky. The man says that when a person is nice to another person a bit of kindness spills over and creates a star. They are everywhere and a part of everything. This is a folktale-like story about stars.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 and Up
Interest Level: 4 and Up
Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter loved it, though I'm not sure she totally understood all of it. She was fascinated with the pictures. I was not surprised my daughter likes this book. It is gorgeous, mysterious, and fun.
Adult Reader Reaction: I loved The Man Made of Stars. The message the book delivers is much needed in this world. The pictures are incredible.
Pros: An excellent message and gorgeous illustrations make a captivating, special book to share with children.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. I am going to buy this book. I love the message and would love for my children to hear it again and again.
Educational Themes: The story has a folktale-like premise, but is a great story about character education. This is a nice way to close the day (or maybe at dinner) asking your readers about their acts of kindness that day.
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, fables and folklore, grandparents, fantasy
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2015
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.