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The Star Giver: A Legend from the Far, Far North By Ginger Nielson

The Star Giver, by Ginger Nielson | Dedicated Review

The Children’s Book Review | August 26, 2014

The Star Giver: A Legend from the Far, Far North By Ginger NielsonThe Star Giver

By Ginger Nielson

Paperback: 34 pages

Age Range: 3-7

Publisher: Virginia Neilson (September 1, 2014)

ISBN:978-0991309337

What to expect: Folktale, Bears, Stars, Illustrations

Ginger Nielson tells a soothing folktale set deep in the forest. When Little Bear asks, “Where did the stars come from?” Mother Bear leans in closely to share a Native American legend from “the far, far north.” Illustrations rich in deep nighttime colors create a peaceful visual to the comforting story of a man, made of stars and the branches of pines, who forever continues to spread starlight across the night sky. This man is known as the Star Giver.

“His gifts are hidden under an enormous cloak. Yet the starlight beneath sparkles through and lights his way wherever he wanders.”

Each night, the Star Giver travels through the forest to the sea. When he reaches the shoreline he opens his cloak and allows the wind to blow his stars into the aquatic scenery.

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Illustration copyright © 2014 by Ginger Nielson from “The Star Giver”

The sea tosses them with “towering waves until they escape to the sky” where they stay until morning above the slumbering animals.

The Star Giver: A Legend from the Far, Far North By Ginger Nielson

Illustration copyright © 2014 by Ginger Nielson from “The Star Giver”

The Star Giver remains quiet and still until he opens his cloak and calls for the stars to return to him.

The Star Giver: A Legend from the Far, Far North By Ginger Nielson

Illustration copyright © 2014 by Ginger Nielson from “The Star Giver”

Dramatic brush strokes swirl across double page spreads expressing emotion and providing movement to the illustrations.

The nature of the story is mystical and therefore sure to open the slumbering doors of dreamtime if chosen as a bedtime read. Recommended for children ages 3 through 7.

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About the Author

Ginger Nielson lives at the top of a hill, near the edge of a forest in semi-rural New Hampshire, USA. There is a magic wand on her desk, a dragon in her basement, and a tiny elephant in her studio. Everything else is nearly normal. Coming to the world of children’s illustration a bit later in life, Ginger was an elementary school teacher and art teacher before becoming a travel agent. Both of those careers enabled her to connect deeply with many children and many different cultures. To date she has illustrated over 45 children’s books. She is busy creating illustrations for other authors and writing and illustrating her own stories as well.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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