Welcome to my latest blog post. This piece is part of a blog tour for a brilliant picture book My Pet Star. Thank you to Hachette publishers for inviting me along.
Corrinne Averiss and Rosalind Beardshaw have created an adorable read which I recommend for preschoolers and up. The flowing rhyming text makes the book a great pick for a read aloud and the illustrations will be sure to engage readers, I absolutely love them.
At the beginning of the story we meet a young girl who finds something unusual on the ground. This is no sweet wrapper or loose change but something has fallen high from the sky, a star! The star we meet is grubby and dirty but that doesn’t put the girl off and she decides to take it home.
As the story progresses we see how kind the young girl is. She treats the star as if it were a pet, doing all the things that one would expect and more. She cleans the star, feeds the star, reads to the star and shows so much love for her pet. A beautiful friendship is formed.
At each turn of page the star represents change for the positive. It becomes brighter and brighter signifying how well it’s been looked after and how different it was compared to when the young girl first found it.
As well as the story representing how well you should look after any pet, there are teaching points about the star too including how it enjoys sleeping all day as it’s time to shine is the night sky.
The young girl is such a sweet diverse character and I think many readers will admire her kindness and love for her temporary pet, star. Sadly she does have to say goodbye to the star and this is such a touching moment in the story. The story gently shares that sometimes we do need to let go but the young girl does so in knowing that she looked after the star so well.
As part of the blog tour I am very excited to welcome Rosalind Beardshaw to the blog.
Rosalind Beardshaw has always enjoyed drawing and her favourite subject at school was art. She worked on many books including her own book Grandma’s Beach and others she has illustrated for including the Lulu series which my girls and I think is great. I have previously reviewed Lulus Pet Cat.
Rosalind has very kindly put steps together so that you and your little poppets can have a paper pet star of your very own.
This activity would be a lovely way of completing some bookish play after reading My Pet Star and my girls looks forward to making more stars.
If you would to see what other fellow book bloggers thought of My Pet Star do check out their pieces as part of the blog tour.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review as part of their blog tour. All words and opinions are entirely my own. This post contains affiliate links.