3 out of 4 stars
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The Stars by Tom Otruba is a children’s book regarding a father’s explanation to his son about the origin of the stars. The writer employs illustrations and short sentences to capture the young reader’s attention. The author’s style is very simple and joyous, which creates a fun atmosphere in the text.
The author introduces this story by writing about a happy family that goes for a camping trip to a park. There, they have a picnic, and they later walk along a stream, where they see fish, frogs, and ducks. Next, Mom and young Jimmy set up the tent, while Dad and little Kim started a fire and cooked food. After having a delicious supper of hotdogs and beans, they talked and laughed. Then, they sat around the fire and roasted a few marshmallows. After everyone sleeps Dad and Jimmy talk about the stars. What will Dad reveal to Jim about the stars?
This story had many enjoyable aspects that made it fun and exciting. Firstly, the tone is casual and simple, so small children will easily grasp and comprehend the plot of the book. The story is also logically structured, which means that it follows a rational and cohesive flow. This book was exceptionally edited, as I did not find a single error in the entire story. Additionally, the book had beautiful, colorful, and original illustrations that added interest and creativity. What I liked most about this book was that it conveyed themes of love, family, and friendship, thereby teaching the young reader valuable lessons.
What I disliked most about this book was that it was very small. I think that the author could have developed his ideas further by being more creative.
This book is best suited for young children and their parents, as it can be read as a bedtime story. This book can be enjoyed by children who like reading stories about space and the universe. Both religious and non-religious readers can appreciate this story.
In conclusion, I rate this book with 3 out of 4 stars. I would have given it a perfect score had it been more developed and more creative. Other than that, I found no problems in the book, as it was wonderfully illustrated, impeccably edited, and logically structured.
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