WHEN MOLLY ATE THE STARS, by Joyce Hesselberth, Chronicle Books, Sept. 6, 2022, Hardcover, $18.99 (ages 3-5)
Have you ever tasted the stars?
On a cold, clear night, Molly gazes up at the bright stars above, which look good enough to eat. If she could reach far enough surely it wouldn’t hurt to try just one. Would it?
Dreamlike as a falling star, this picture book is a modern fable that shares timeless truths — how the consequences of our actions affect those around us and how generosity and friendship glow brightest of all. —Synopsis provided by Chronicle Books
When Molly Ate the Stars has special meaning for me, since my own Miss M. dreams of becoming an astronaut.
And what did Miss M. think when I read When Molly Ate the Stars aloud to her?
“It’s beautiful. Amazing. I wish I could do that.”
When Molly Ate the Stars is beautiful. Deep blue and purple tones allow the stars to glow, and Joyce Hesselberth’s stylized characters are wonderful. In fact, everything about the illustrations is magical.
And the words? They pair perfectly with the images. Hesselberth’s tone is clear, calm and inviting.
On a deeper level, the book reminds little ones that our actions — both positive and negative — can be far reaching.
When Molly Ate the Stars is a lovely read from cover to cover. I highly recommend it.
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