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Hello, Star

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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 someth 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.


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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 someth 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.

42 review for Hello, Star

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Lanan

    A child learns about a bright, dying star in the night sky--a supernova!--and embarks on the journey of a lifetime. This touching story, complimented by breathtaking illustrations by the unparalleled Vashti Harrison, shows how one child's realization of her connection with the universe inspires a lifetime of learning and exploration and, ultimately, the discovery that we are all made up of "star stuff." A tender and gentle story of empathy and connection sure to inspire young readers. A child learns about a bright, dying star in the night sky--a supernova!--and embarks on the journey of a lifetime. This touching story, complimented by breathtaking illustrations by the unparalleled Vashti Harrison, shows how one child's realization of her connection with the universe inspires a lifetime of learning and exploration and, ultimately, the discovery that we are all made up of "star stuff." A tender and gentle story of empathy and connection sure to inspire young readers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    Watching a dying star and keeping it company, a young girl develops a beautiful empathy for a celestial object and also a lifetime of curiosity. Something I loved is how this book read like children’s literature. The author used textures to describe things like the night sky and the clouds. Those details really helped her unique voice to shine through. Together with the illustrations, the book goes way beyond the scope of most children’s books to show a girl’s life of wonderment and scientific e Watching a dying star and keeping it company, a young girl develops a beautiful empathy for a celestial object and also a lifetime of curiosity. Something I loved is how this book read like children’s literature. The author used textures to describe things like the night sky and the clouds. Those details really helped her unique voice to shine through. Together with the illustrations, the book goes way beyond the scope of most children’s books to show a girl’s life of wonderment and scientific exploration. It spoke to me as a mother of two daughters. What do they see when they look up at the night sky? How can I encourage them to follow that curiosity themselves? To listen to my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/ste...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    While this book is technically information fiction, that seems like a very dry and cold term to apply to this heartwarming story that both teaches concepts empathy along with astronomy. Stephanie Lucianovic’s spare and poetic text weaves a beautiful tale of connection between a little girl and a star outside of our solar system. I’m such a big fan of the author’s understated writing style that packs big emotional punches (see also her subversively endearing THE END OF SOMETHING WONDERFUL). Paire While this book is technically information fiction, that seems like a very dry and cold term to apply to this heartwarming story that both teaches concepts empathy along with astronomy. Stephanie Lucianovic’s spare and poetic text weaves a beautiful tale of connection between a little girl and a star outside of our solar system. I’m such a big fan of the author’s understated writing style that packs big emotional punches (see also her subversively endearing THE END OF SOMETHING WONDERFUL). Paired with stunning illustrations by Vashti Harrison, this picture book is, in my opinion, a must-have for every home and school/public library.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Richard Ho

    A dying star awakens one curious girl's lifelong love of the cosmos. This book is absolutely breathtaking, with achingly poignant text by Stephanie Lucianovic and gorgeous illustrations by Vashti Harrison. The girl's earnest devotion to her favorite star is more than a paean to the wonders of astronomy - it's a heartwarming affirmation that nothing in this universe is truly alone. Destined to be a favorite of explorers, dreamers, and anyone who loves beautiful stories. A dying star awakens one curious girl's lifelong love of the cosmos. This book is absolutely breathtaking, with achingly poignant text by Stephanie Lucianovic and gorgeous illustrations by Vashti Harrison. The girl's earnest devotion to her favorite star is more than a paean to the wonders of astronomy - it's a heartwarming affirmation that nothing in this universe is truly alone. Destined to be a favorite of explorers, dreamers, and anyone who loves beautiful stories.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    Wow, what a breathtaking book! The girl's curiosity and compassion for the dying star is relatable to readers young and old, and it's inspiring how she turns her passion into a journey to the stars as she grows up. With the lyrical text and stunning illustrations, this story is sure to ignite readers' curiosity about stars and space. I got to read this as a digital ARC, and highly recommend this beautiful story! Wow, what a breathtaking book! The girl's curiosity and compassion for the dying star is relatable to readers young and old, and it's inspiring how she turns her passion into a journey to the stars as she grows up. With the lyrical text and stunning illustrations, this story is sure to ignite readers' curiosity about stars and space. I got to read this as a digital ARC, and highly recommend this beautiful story!

  6. 4 out of 5

    A.J. Irving

    HELLO, STAR by Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic and Vashti Harrison is breathtaking in every way. Every word. Every moment. Every spread. The combination of art and text from the opening to the back matter is truly magical. This picture book delivers such a beautiful message to young readers: “Every day, ask yourself: ‘What will I do with my star stuff today?’ Then go out and shine.”

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Federman

    This book is stunning—both the words and the artwork. I got goosebumps reading it. A must for the bookshelves of all ages!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    in the silent depths of space, the star sighed proudly. and so the tired blue giant finally faded to dark, it cracked into many more stars, all of them young and new and bright and strong.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jaaron

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jess

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

  12. 5 out of 5

    John

  13. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Lucianovic

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nadia Salomon

  16. 5 out of 5

    Micaela

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carita

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michal Ness

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lila Jay

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    Madeline

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ad Astra

  24. 4 out of 5

    Holly

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Niki (Daydream Reader)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Allison Volz

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shauna

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    A.J.

  32. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Stark

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    Jen

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    Denise

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    Viviane Elbee

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    Lila Jay

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    Madeline

  38. 5 out of 5

    Abi Cushman

  39. 4 out of 5

    Laura

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    Elizabeth

  41. 5 out of 5

    Neha Thakkar

  42. 4 out of 5

    Abby Cooper

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