Hello, Star

by Stephanie V W Lucianovic (Author) Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)

Hello, Star
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Stunningly illustrated by #1 New York Times bestselling artist Vashti Harrison, Hello, Star (written by Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic) is an inspiring story about a love of science and the importance of empathy.

When a young girl learns that a bright light in the sky is coming from a dying star, she promises to keep it company until the light goes out. Every night the girl reassures her friend that she is still there. As the years pass, the girl learns everything she can about planets, space, and the universe, inspired by her dimming friend--until she realizes she needs to do something more.

This touching tribute to stars, space, and science celebrates how a small act of compassion can flourish into a life full of meaning and wonder.

Publisher's Weekly

A sighting of a supernova in early childhood launches a Black girl into an enduring fascination with stars and space—with particular compassion for the one she first saw—in this well-paced picture book. Lucianovic emphasizes how the child’s wonder and concern evolve into a career path, as she speaks to the star throughout primary school, college, and eventually as an astronaut. Descriptive prose focuses on lyricism over transmitting information: “It could become a neutron star, made of material so heavy that a teaspoon of its shimmering, blazing star stuff would weigh as much as a mountain.” Harrison’s characteristically absorbing illustrations, rendered in colored pencil and digitally, make vivid use of chiaroscuro, offering mesmerizing, photorealistic spreads of skies and space in this narrative ideal for young astrophiles. Back matter features an author’s note. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)

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Stephanie V W Lucianovic
Stephanie V. W. Lucianovic is the author of Suffering Succotash: A Picky Eater's Quest to Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate, and to this day thinks raisins are the devil's earwax. The League of Picky Eaters is her first novel for kids. Stephanie lives with her family in San Francisco. www.stephanielucianovic.com, Twitter: @grubreport.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
September 20, 2021

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