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A little girl is sad because her big sister is always being declared a star The little girl makes a wish that she could be a star, too, and her grandpa hears her, and he shares all the ways that everyone is made of stars It s a lovely book, with lovely words, and lovely illustrations, as Grandpa shows his little granddaughter all the things in the universe that are made from stars. A little girl wants to be a star, just like the beautiful sparkly ones in the sky But somehow she never quite manages to live up to her older sister s exploits Eventually her grandfather explains to her that just as the earth and all it s living creatures are made of stardust, so is she He reminds her that while she doesn t shine in the same way as her sister, she does shine in her own way With this reminder, the girl keeps dreaming about life s possibilities My favorite part of this book a A little girl wants to be a star, just like the beautiful sparkly ones in the sky But somehow she never quite manages to live up to her older sister s exploits Eventually her grandfather explains to her that just as the earth and all it s living creatures are made of stardust, so is she He reminds her that while she doesn t shine in the same way as her sister, she does shine in her own way With this reminder, the girl keeps dreaming about life s possibilities My favorite part of this book are the bright, colorful, touching illustrations that highlight the girl s dreams and her failures I don t know anyone who can stand being reminded once in a while that they are made of stardust and deserve to shine The illustrations in this were beautiful The story explores sibling rivalry, as the little girl feels jealousy of her sister, who is always described by her family as a star The overall message of the story is to shine in your own way , clearly an important message but a slightly abrupt ending overshadowed the importance a little Suitable for reception and KS1 children. Let s talk about confidence.Confidence is hard for big people, let alone little people, to maintain, let alone figure out if they even have it in the first place The world is an intimidating space and circumstance conspires to place people in intimidating positions Whether that s your first day at school, a birthday party where you don t know anybody, or simply walking past some bigger and scarier children at the park, life as a child is hard And it s easy to want to make this easier, it s ea Let s talk about confidence.Confidence is hard for big people, let alone little people, to maintain, let alone figure out if they even have it in the first place The world is an intimidating space and circumstance conspires to place people in intimidating positions Whether that s your first day at school, a birthday party where you don t know anybody, or simply walking past some bigger and scarier children at the park, life as a child is hard And it s easy to want to make this easier, it s easy to want to wrap up a child and say look, stop, this is not your life Not yet You don t have to feel like this, because I am not going to let that happen I won t let you feel that way, not yet, not ever Let s talk about realism.It s going to happen At some point, your child or the children you look after or see in the bus, will feel intimidated by life and there s nothing you can do to stop that Life is life is life One of the biggest things that children s book do is help in such circumstances And when these books are shared in loving situations, savoured slowly and closely, that s when you help your child deal with those moments that you d maybe rather they didn t have to deal with You give them models of behaviour, of potential reactions to model, and to maybe think about when they re in the nursery and having to deal with the world by themselves Let s talk about Stardust I don t need to tell you about the quality of Nosy Crow books at this point just remember that they can handle books well And that s so important because a beautiful book tells you that what is inside is important A child, especially those who are developing their literacies, might not be able to fully verbalise why, but they ll get that this is an important thing Stardust is the story of a young girl who feels overshadowed by her sister Her sister s the best at everything, and the younger sister never quite manages to be number one But one night, her grandfather tells her a story about how the whole world is made of stardust, and how she s always been a star in his eyes The lesson obviously sticks, because the final spread sees the now grown up girl on her way to the moon as an astronaut This final image, my friends, is a kicker Briony May Smith s artwork is joyful It s very calm and quiet round, thick lines, with the constant evocation of something other in that dark sky, blues and blacks and dotted with pinprick sharp stars She s got something of a serene quality to the spreads too, a sort of timelessness that s not going to allow this book to date I really loved one spread in particular which depicts big sisters and little sisters across the world, using a variety of skin tones, cultures and costumes, yet all of them connected by the quiet consistency of line and shade It s subtle and yet delightful My only sadness with this book is that it needs endpapers there s space for something exuberant here, particularly after that end note of the book, and without them, there s an unfinished note in the music of the book So let s talk about confidence again What Stardust does is it models a situation of empowerment for the reader the grandfather who believes in her, and the little girl who grows up, becomes an astronaut and flies to the moon It is powerful stuff, and it s perfect for anyone who feels a little wobbly with life Adult, child, dog, cat, whatever, whoever This is generous, powerful work and it s hard to not be moved by it.My thanks to the publisher for a review copy Such a lovely story about finding your own sparkle and realising that just because you aren t as good as other people at some things, you will be better than them at others Realising this is such an important message for children and adults as well The illustrations are full of tiny details that you could look at for ages and each time you read it you notice something different which I think is one of the best things about well illustrated books A simple idea with such power behind it through Such a lovely story about finding your own sparkle and realising that just because you aren t as good as other people at some things, you will be better than them at others Realising this is such an important message for children and adults as well The illustrations are full of tiny details that you could look at for ages and each time you read it you notice something different which I think is one of the best things about well illustrated books A simple idea with such power behind it through both the words and pictures, a definite must read A warm story that illustrates the damage that can be done by comparing yourself to those that appear to be shiningbrightly than you are Sometimes comfort from someone that you love is enough to ground these worries and gain an understanding that different people shine in different ways In this tale, such perspective is brought about by drawing parallels between the beauty seen throughout the world and up in space Such a lovely way of building an understanding that being different does n A warm story that illustrates the damage that can be done by comparing yourself to those that appear to be shiningbrightly than you are Sometimes comfort from someone that you love is enough to ground these worries and gain an understanding that different people shine in different ways In this tale, such perspective is brought about by drawing parallels between the beauty seen throughout the world and up in space Such a lovely way of building an understanding that being different does noes not have to be a negative, when natural things are adored without a flicker of comparison.On another note, I really appreciated how Willis chose to depict a protagonist who observed her sister s success without necessarily associating dislike, jealousy or competition with these feelings of low self esteem SO important for helping children to realize that these emotions are not reflective of feelings of bitterness or acts of ill will |DOWNLOAD BOOK ☽ Stardust ♷ 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 Contrived stupid sibling jealousy with contrived tone deaf parents Boo hoo Ridiculous big bang explanation from grandpa, the sniff only one who sniff cares Should have called this Snowflake instead Shall we call a moratorium on these books, after You Are Stardust and The Stuff of Stars and who knows how manyJust riding on Joni Mitchell s coattails Contrived stupid sibling jealousy with contrived tone deaf parents Boo hoo Ridiculous big bang explanation from grandpa, the sniff only one who sniff cares Should have called this Snowflake instead Shall we call a moratorium on these books, after You Are Stardust and The Stuff of Stars and who knows how manyJust riding on Joni Mitchell s coattails This book is so beautiful and had me in tears Such a lovely way of dealing with self esteem and confidence and reminds everyone that we can truly shine in our own right The illustrations are so lovely and depict the relationship between the different family members and allow for a lot of discussion about what how they reflect certain relationships 3 year old son chose this lovely book at the library today and he chose very wisely Beautiful illustrations and ideal to support younger siblings in shadow of their older brothers and sisters.