PLANTING FRIENDSHIP: Peace, Salaam, Shalom Written by Callie Metler, Shirin Rahman, and Melissa Stoller…
TOUCH THE BRIGHTEST STAR
Written and illustrated by Christie Matheson
(Greenwillow Books; $15.99, Ages 3-6)
Send your children to sleep with a bedtime story that will make them eager to greet the night.
As little ones know oh so well, nighttime is a magical time. In Touch The Brightest Star, Christie Matheson’s follow up to Tap The Magic Tree, all the wonderful things that happen when the sun sets are joyfully celebrated.
With an invitation to actively participate in the story, youngsters can respond to this tale’s request to first “wave good-bye to the sun’s bright light.” As dusk beautifully blends into darkness in Matheson’s watercolor and collage illustrations, readers are asked to “Gently press the firefly.” Then press once again because this time it’s to “light up the sky.” After blowing a quiet breeze along with a white-tailed deer, your children will experience more magic as they see the direct results of their interaction. Nighttime’s surprises come alive while wishing on a star, tracing the “picture of the dipper” or communicating with an owl, all a prelude to closing eyes and drifting off to dreamland. Best of all, the promise of yet another magical day is but a sweet night’s sleep away.
– Reviewed by Ronna Mandel
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