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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Woodbury Public Library J-E MORALES (Text to phone) 34018150375691 Juvenile New Picture Book Checked out 12/01/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 0823443280 : HRD
  • ISBN: 9780823443284 : HRD
  • ISBN: 9780823443284
  • ISBN: 0823443280
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Holiday House, 2021.

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General Note:
"A Neal Porter Books"
Summary, etc.:
"A nurturing voice reassures the lonely and afraid in difficult times"-- Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 3 to 7. Holiday House.
Grades K-1. Holiday House.
Language Note:
In English with some Spanish phrases.
Subject: Courage > Juvenile fiction.
Courage > Fiction.
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Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 0823443280
Bright Star
Bright Star
by Morales, Yuyi
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Bright Star

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Morales (Dreamers) writes a love song to the land that forms the border between the U.S. and Mexico. She begins not with the people who brave it but with finely executed, digitally enhanced portraits of the wild flora and fauna that live in the desert. A doe guards her newborn fawn as embroidered text reads, "Child, you are awake!" The voice continues, the doe licking her fawn: "You are ALIVE! You are a bright star/ inside our hearts." When threats loom, "Te amo," reads the text, as the mother touches her muzzle to her child's, "breathe in, despacito,/ then gently breathe out./ Lie low." In a charged moment, animals and insects confront a border wall, their pathways blocked and cacti upended. As animals circle to protect the young deer, reassuring it "you are not alone," a visual shift links the fragility of the desert's life to the vulnerability of people stuck on one side of the border--both are at the mercy of oppressive forces, and their fates are intertwined. Yet Morales holds out the hope of a beautiful world, discussed in a lyrically written afterword. Ages 4--8. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy, Charlotte Sheedy Literary. (Sept.)

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 0823443280
Bright Star
Bright Star
by Morales, Yuyi
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Bright Star

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PreS-Gr 3--In an author's note, Morales states that she used "the most beautiful things I could find" to make this book: words in English and Spanish, drawings, paint, wool, and photographed textures. Beauty gleams from the pages in soft, sunrise pink, as a whitetail fawn wakes in a patch of desert plants and explores its environment with its mother. The text addresses a "Child," which may refer to the fawn or to a reader; observers will also notice hummingbirds (whose wings blur as they hover), tortoises, insects, and cacti. In a dramatic spread, the pink shifts from the color of a sunrise to that of a wound, as the fawn and other desert creatures confront the harsh vertical barrier of the border wall, topped with curls of barbed wire and surrounded by pieces of chopped-down cacti. Night falls as does rain; bats emerge and the desert teems with life. In a new dawn, the fawn curls among pink and yellow flowers; on the following page, a brown-skinned girl is in the fawn's place, peering over her shoulder, directly at readers. On the final spread, six people stand or sit, their gazes out and up, under the refrain, "You are a bright star inside our hearts," transforming the art into a message of love and hope that honors children everywhere, especially migrant children. VERDICT Morales shares her love for the borderlands, shows the pain the border wall inflicts, and presents an invitation to learn more. Recommended for all collections.--Jenny Arch, Lilly Lib., Florence, MA

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 0823443280
Bright Star
Bright Star
by Morales, Yuyi
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Bright Star (Lucero in the Spanish-language version) allegorically represents the struggles of migrant families at the U.S.--Mexico border while also highlighting the habitat destruction caused by building walls. While desert landscapes are not often thought of as teeming with life, the beautiful, full-color illustrations in this book tell a different story, one of hundred-year old saguaro cactuses, busy animals and insects, and colorful plants, all of which face destruction or separation from the rest of their group thanks to border-wall construction. Within the eye-catching illustrations, readers will find turtles, moths, deer, hummingbirds, bats, snakes, quails, bobcats, and more. It's an effective picture book both for learning about the Sonoran Desert's many layers and ecological diversity and for emphasizing for younger readers the dangers of harsh divisions. For most of the book, the narrator appears to be a deer speaking to its new fawn, but a stunning turn in the closing pages reveals a much more poignant reality. Morales' evocative art extends to the endpapers, which feature images of woven fabric and hand-embroidered stars. With all the careful and lush attention to detail, this is a picture book worth coming back to over and again. Whether in English or Spanish, keep a space for it on the shelf.


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