How to Catch a Star Paperback – 27 August 2015
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About the Author
Oliver Jeffers graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours. His outstanding talent has been recognised by several high-profile awards, including the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Gold Award. ‘Lost and Found’ animation was broadcast on Channel 4. Oliver lives and works in Brookyln, New York.
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- Item Weight : 240 g
- Paperback : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007150342
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007150342
- Product Dimensions : 25.4 x 0.51 x 25.91 cm
- Publisher : UK Children's (27 August 2015)
- Reading level : 3 - 6 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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She asks everyone to narrate the story though she knows the story ver well. May be she loves to hear the story again and again. 😄
The Boy is looking at the stars from his bedroom window and the only thing he wants right now is to have one of his own. Trying his best to reach the star and catch it, the story follows him as he spends an entire day looking for a star that doesn’t seem to be appearing. Will he catch a star?
WHAT WE LIKED
Full paged and childish illustrations, apt for beginners to identify things.
Short sentences, easy to read, explain, and understand.
Fun story giving multiple morals subtly.
WHAT WE DISLIKED the impracticality of the actions of the boy (from an adult point of view) though if you view them as a child, you’ll find them perfectly fine.
A fine story for a young toddler to read. Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books. Recommended age 2+ years.
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My dad had multiple heart attacks a few years ago and I felt that pain of almost losing someone. I was honestly convinced he wouldn't survive. It was painful and reading this book brought back all those memories. Yet, it also gave me this sense of... you know what? It's hard to describe the feeling it gave me but I know it was a warm, comforting feeling.
It made me realise that while losing someone is, indeed, horrible but shutting yourself away in a protective shell doesn't help the situation nor is it something that person would ever want.
I saw myself as that girl. I live at the seaside, my dad and I are very creative and we are very close. When my dad was in the ICU having his second heart attack, I felt myself shutting down. My heart felt like it was about to burst out of my chest and I just wanted it to stop. I would have done the same thing as this girl had my dad died. And I don't think I would have been as lucky as finding someone "small and still curious about the world" like she had.
All in all, it's a beautiful story that I'll forever be reading. I could see this as a good way to teach children about rather heavy subjects such as depression, anxiety, loss and mourning.
When my mum and/or dad dies, I'll be sure to not put my heart in a bottle and will, instead, accept those feelings of loss and pain. I will get through it, and when I do, I'll make sure to treasure every memory I have of them and tell myself that they are not truly dead, because they'll live long in the memories I have of them.
Gosh, I must end this review now before I start bawling my eyes out.