STAR IN THE JAR
Illustrated by: Sarah Massini
Published by: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (September 4, 2018)
Ages: 3 – 6 years
Theme: Friendship, Team-work.
Opening Lines: My little broher likes looking for treasure. Tickly treasure…
Synopsis: When a little boy stumbles across a lost star, he decides to take care of it, putting it in a jar and carrying it with him everywhere. But when the sky calls out for its missing star, can the little boy and his sister figure out a way to return the star to its friends in the sky…even if it means saying goodbye forever?
Why I like this: There are lots to love about this sweet simple story. Page turns, the rule of threes such as tickly treasure, glittery treasure and litter-bin treasure. Then there is asking the sheriff, the fairies and the wizards. It has that wonderful child feel in that the child puts the star in a jar so he can take it with him everywhere. Again the threes appear when he tries to send the star back to the sky, by climbing a tree, teaching it to fly and bouncing on a trampoline. I loved the way how his older sister tries her best to help him. Told through his sister she comes up with the idea of attracting the attention of the other stars. What I also love is how this story is told leaving specific details to the illustrations. A beautiful story that would be enjoyed anytime of the day, but especially at bedtime.
Resources/Findings: : Author’s website… https://www.samhayauthor.com/
Teachers teaching and fun packs… https://piedpipertheatre.co.uk/teacher_resources.php
See the trailer of the show Star in a Jar… https://piedpipertheatre.co.uk/news.php?id=126&title=STAR_IN_THE_JAR_TRAILER
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