Star Child (Hardcover)

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Dagny's Staff Pick (June 2014): This children’s book looks at what life on earth encompasses from the joys to the sorrows, the fears to the excitement of living on this unique planet we call earth. Sent down as star, the baby grows, learns his body, lives his life and then returns at the end of human life as a star. A lovely book.

— From Dagny's Staff Picks


The Star Child, a tiny flame of vapor, invisible and timeless, watches the Earth from far, far away. He marvels at the blue swirls of the ocean and the green land, a bright spot turning through the darkness of space. He wants to go to this wondrous place, but he ponders: What will that life be like?

"You will be plunged into Earth's river of time," his elders tell the Star Child.

"There will be so much for you to learn and so much for you to feel--pleasure and fear, joy and disappointment, sadness and wonder."

Through spare, artful text and intricate illustrations, Claire A. Nivola celebrates the cycle of life.
A Frances Foster Book

About the Author

Claire A. Nivola has written and illustrated many books for children, including most recently Life in the Ocean, which received three starred reviews. She is also the author of Planting the Trees of Kenya, a picture book about Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai. She lives with her husband in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts.

Praise For…

"A fanciful, thoughtful examination of a life well-lived." - Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374371821
ISBN-10: 0374371822
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
Pages: 40
Language: English