“Perfect Picture Book” Friday


Written by:   Sam Hay

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

I’m always happy reviewing Picture Books that come my way and share them with you.  If you would like to see more please pop over to Susanna Leonard Hills Blog where there are hundreds of books reviewed by other like minded authors and writers.  Thank you for popping in and I hope you return again soon.

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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14 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” Friday

  1. Darlene says:

    Sounds adorable. Thanks for the review.

  2. Gabi Snyder says:

    What an intriguing concept for a PB, and it sounds moving. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is a twist on a story about finding a star. It sounds charming and intriguing. Love the cover.

  4. Now I’m curious about how that star ends up back in the sky. It reminds me of Sophie and Little Star by Amber Hendricks. Have you read that book? Looking forward to reading this sweet story!

  5. Diane, this is one of my favorite recent PBs! I really love the message & the illustrations. It’s just magical. Glad you featured it.

    • Oh I’m so glad you liked this one Maria. It is beautiful and I have already had to increase my hold on it so I could spend more time pouring over it It is lovely. Thanks for stopping by Maria.

  6. Pamela Harrison says:

    I love the cover! It looks like a delightful book with heart. Thank you for introducing me to Star in a Jar, Diane.

  7. Sarah Tobias says:

    This title and synopsis are tickling at my brain. I think I may have read it before, but have placed a hold on it to read again. Thanks for sharing.

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