“THE FAMILY STAR” was born as a poem and remains so in this newly minted Book Two of Kelly Anne Manuel’s Childhood Classics. In this story the Child is invited on a journey into the galaxy where wonders never cease. This is a galaxy where love, acceptance, and unconditional support reign supreme.
“THE FAMILY STAR” offers a standing invitation to the Child. The Child will learn that they are always in good company as Stars are personified in a unique and brilliant way. It is a fascinating opportunity to look upon a galaxy of stars in their seemingly infinite number and feel comforted by their resilience and tenacity.
The simple words take on new meaning as the illustrations pair perfectly with their presentation. The Child’s imagination will be ignited with possibilities as bright as the stars themselves. The message is that if a star can shine so bright and survive so many elements so too can they.
Children naturally look outside of themselves for love and approval. Why not explore the author’s theory about how Nature is a vital and prominent piece of this puzzle? Additionally, introducing the stars and the galaxy in this sing song way has the added benefit of Science discourse coupled with entertainment.
It is in Early Childhood that self esteem and identity are under major construction. “THE FAMILY STAR” is a tool in a Caregiver’s toolbox to assist with that healthy formation. The idea that we are united with Nature and Science is such an important message that the author feels Children’s literature must reflect. The Child who reads this books will be rewarded with as many lessons as there are stars.