The Stars Just Up the Street By Sue Soltis & Christine Davenier

Back of Book: 

Mabel loves stars. She counts five from her window and thirty-seven from her backyard. But her grandfather tells her that, as a child, he could see thousands. Could it be true? Mabel climbs a hill looking for more stars — only to discover that the glow from the nearby town makes them hard to see. What would it take for her neighbors to turn off their lights, just for one night, so that everyone could see the starlit sky? Sue Soltis’s tale of a young activist and Christine Davenier’s luminous illustrations will leave readers curious about the dark-sky movement — and the wonder that is waiting for them just up the street.

My Review:

I received a copy of this picture book from Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review

This is a lovely story about the power of community and the importance of connecting with nature. Mabel loves looking at the stars, the only problem is that with the light, she cannot see as many stars as she would like. She enlists the help of her grandpa to convince the community to have a lights free evening. They reach out to every member of the community and succeeded in creating an event that brought the entire community together for a star viewing party. 

The illustrations by Christine Davenier are beautiful and soft. My favorite images are the ones of the stars. Today more then ever, we need to share stories with children that remind them that they are not alone in this world. This is a fantastic story that makes a perfect read-aloud.

Ages 5 and up

40 Pages 

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