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Star Climbing by Lou Fancher

Star Climbing

by Lou Fancher, Steve Johnson (Illustrator)

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At night, unable to sleep a child climbs through the night sky, exploring the reaches of space. Through the illustrations, the cool expanse of space mingles with the warmly saturated tones of stars and planets, creating contrast and drama. The textures utilized in the illustrations seem to be created with floral shapes and the pattern of peacock feathers, giving the colors a luxurious depth and character. The story itself is relatively simple, with each page emphasizing a different action verb; although this lends the story a sense of movement, the lack of narrative creates a chance for disconnect. Although featuring famous constellations such as Leo and Ursa, the text itself does not introduce these characters, except in a quasi-glossary at the end that lists the constellations shown with a short blurb about the significance of each. This creates an opportunity for the readers to engage with the children by pointing out stars in their own skies or encouraging the child to make up narratives about the untitled constellations that appear in the story. Of additional interest is the nature of the main character, a child who is gender-neutral and non-descript as a person; this allows both girls and boys alike to relate to the child. Recommended as additional selection. ( )
  kornelas1 | Oct 1, 2014 |
This is a good introduction to science as the boy imgaines himself climbing on the constellations in the sky.
  Tryante | Nov 20, 2012 |
A young boy imagines dancing through the night sky at bedtime, encountering different constellations on his journey. Though the text is nothing to write home about, the paintings capture a beautiful dreamscape. This book includes a pictorial glossary of real constellations and the Greek myths behind them. ( )
  mrcmyoung | Jul 10, 2011 |
The child can't sleeping and is dreaming about being in the starry sky. He dreams from each constellations to the next drifting in the sky. He talks about how beautiful the sky is and is playing games throughout the colorful sky. Then at the end he wakes up at home in a glowing presence of his mother.
  amber85 | Oct 3, 2009 |
This book was very sweet and immaginative. I really enjoyed the artwork. The child explores the sky by jumping along the clouds at night. ( )
  Olisia | Oct 6, 2008 |
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When he cannot sleep, a little boy imagines himself on a nighttime journey across the sky where he can run and dance with star constellations.

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