How To Catch A Star
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 03 May 2005
- Picture Books
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This book has sweet spare illustrations done in beautiful and vibrant colors. Jeffers' use of watercolor gives the simple pictures texture and shading that make the illustrations stand out from the crowd. There are gorgeous dark blues and deep violets, people with cute stick legs, and lollypop trees with a square or two layered over the top. (My first graders loved the stick legs and squares in the trees.)The Boy goes out looking for a star to be his friend, "they'd play hide-and-go-seek, take long walks together...". When Boy gets up at dawn to catch a star, he can't find any. He waits all day and "just before the sun was about to go away", a star pops out in the sky. He tried jumping up, climbing a tree, and a few other ideas, but the star was too far away. As he walks home he sees the star's reflection in the water. Not realizing what it was, he tried to pick it up, "but the star rippled through his fingers". But The Boy never stops trying and, in the end, finds something unexpected.The text is simple, and while I wouldn't describe it as lyrical or poetic, it is peppered with lines like, "But in his heart the wish just wouldn't give up". I've liked Jeffers' books since seeing them for the first time last year, but thought they were a book best experienced as a reader or sharing with a child. I gave the book a try in June as part of an illustration unit with my first graders and they loved it! I really thought they would find the story to slow or the pictures to plain. I was happily proved wrong.I love this book. It's not the best story I ever read, but coupled with the lovely pictures, it's a book that I enjoy returning to. I definitely recommend this book.
This is a really cute story about a boy who loves a star. He wishes to catch that star and befriends it. He tries what he can to reach it. And then he finds the star somewhere else, and not in the sky. The ending is totally unexpected for me. Lovely story. Amazing illustrations.
A little boy wants to have a star of his own. He tries many methods to get one, until he finds a fallen star (sea star). It becomes his great friend.This is a fantasy children's bookAS you may be able to tell by now, I love Oliver Jeffers. Love Love Love. I feel like his little boys are part his childhood and part of mine. The fantasy of having your own magical friend is common, and the pragmatically fantastic ways he goes about getting it done is beautiful. Like any of Jeffers' books I would (and do) read these in the classroom. His sense of dry fantastical play is appealing across interests and his simple (elegant) drawings are appealing to kids because they are soo relate-able.
How to catch a star is a cute book about a boy how decides he wants a star. He tries everything he can do to get a star from the sky. One day he is walking on the beach and finds a star that washed up on the shore. He thinks to himself he finally got a star from the sky.
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