Hoshi is a star, but not the kind that shine so bright. She is a starfish under the water. She has to learn that to shine doesn’t come from being shiny but from how happy you are within yourself. This is a story is about you being you. And with such wonderful illustrations, this story is so much fun to read aloud. You may also enjoy these other books by Patrick McDonnell: Tek The Modern Cave Boy and Me... Jane.
-Recommended by Chris
A shining new picture book about learning to appreciate the wonders in your world and within yourself, by New York Times bestselling author Patrick McDonnell and Naoko Stoop, creator of Red Knit Cap Girl, a New York Times Best Illustrated book
Hoshi the sea star looks up in the sky and sees the stars shining. She wishes that she too could be in the sky amongst the brilliant stars--and as she imagines how much better it would be up in the air, she fails to appreciate the beautiful world that surrounds her underwater. It takes Hoshi's friends, old and new, to help her realize that her shine comes from within. With gorgeous illustrations depicting colorful underwater life, Shine teaches about the wonders that can be found inside ourselves.
Naoko's gorgeous use of plywood as the canvas for her work offers the perfect texture and pattern to evoke waves and sea currents in the underwater scenes.
About the Author
Author Patrick McDonnell is the creator of Tek; Thank You and Good Night; The Monsters' Monster, a New York Times bestseller; Me...Jane, a Caldecott Honor Book and a New York Times bestselling picture book biography of Dr. Jane Goodall; the award-winning picture book Art; and more. He is also the creator of the beloved, internationally syndicated comic strip Mutts, which features the characters that star in five of his previous picture books including Wag!, The Gift of Nothing, Just Like Heaven, Hug Time, and South.Illustrator Naoko Stoop is the creator of the Red Knit Cap Girl series, the first of which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated book. Naoko's love of drawing began when she was a young child growing up in Japan. Naoko now lives and paints in Brooklyn, New York, where she uses found materials such as plywood and brown paper bags as her canvas. She has shown her work in a variety of galleries and stores in New York.