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Look Up at the Stars

Look Up at the Stars

Published: 1 Oct 2019

Hardback, 32 pages

Recommended for age 3+ and 5+

By Katie Cotton

Illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora

Published by Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

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A lyrical picture book that celebrates imagination, adventure, coming home - and the idea that sometimes what you are looking for is right under your nose.

Reviewed by Rachel Elvidge

Look Up at the Stars is a beautiful and sumptuously illustrated book tells the story of a small bear cub, who one night asks its mum for a star. Being an enterprising sort of bear, Mum sets off, with Cub in tow, through the snake-infested jungle, swelling sea and snowy foothills to grab a star from the sky. Unfortunately, at the end of the quest, Mum finds that the stars are just too high, even when she stands on tiptoe on the top of a mountain peak. Sadly, Mum finally gives up and says they should just go home.

Looking down the mountainside, Cub is excited to see there are lots of stars below them. They follow the brightest star towards home, only to find that it is the light from their own house.

This is a lovely gentle book, with comforting rhymes, fantastic illustrations and a fabulous go-getting mother figure. The sight of her and Cub cresting the waves in a tiny rowing boat is a delight!

Young children would love having Look Up at the Stars read aloud to them, and there is lots to point out and enjoy on every page. The message that sometimes what we most desire is already ours is a touching one too.

Rachel has 20 years experience in primary school teaching, most recently running reading interventions in an Ofsted Outstanding school in Essex. A firm believer that there is always something new to learn, she recently completed an MA in Early Childhood Education. In the same spirit, she also attends latin and ballroom lessons, sadly with a less than impressive outcome! Rachel works for Just Imagine as an Education Consultant, currently overseeing The Reading Journey.