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Some Spanish words and phrases: "hermosa criatura," "corazoncito temloroso," "despacito," "te amo." Tells the story of a whitetail fawn following her mother to find water and food but teaches about all kinds of life at the borderlands, a place that author-illustrator Yuyi Morales in her author's note describes as "harsh and beautiful, where Mexico and the United States meet." Read the author's powerful "I made this book" statements at the end of the book to learn more, including all the reasons why the author wrote this book and how she did it.
Positive messages about belonging and the need to feel safe will resonate with all children, especially those whose safety is threatened due to the immigration crisis in the United States. "No matter who you are, where you've come from, or where you're going, you should always be honored, respected, cared for, and loved." Beautiful brown skinned children (seen at the end of the book) deserve a beautiful world!
Positive Role Models
A loving mother cares for her fawn. The borderlands are full of life, including beautiful wildlife. Everyone crossing the border has their own story, their own hopes, and their own dreams for the future.
Dynamic mixed-media art depicts beautiful brown skinned children. Sheds light on the migrant experience and the things that children should never have to endure at the border.
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Violence & Scariness
No violence but some darker imagery might be a bit scary. A fawn loses its mother. A jaguar lurks in the darkness. And a fawn and other animals seem trapped behind the border walls.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bright Star is by author-illustrator Yuyi Morales, who's won numerous awards for her books, including a Caldecott Honor for Viva Frida. This is her first book since her New York Times best-selling book Dreamers, and here she continues to use a combination of powerful, sparse language, and complex imagery to shed light on the experience of immigrant children crossing the Mexican border into the United States. This is a beautiful story about growth, empowerment and finding one's voice and focuses on the beautiful wildlife that lives on the borderlands. It follows the plight of a fawn who's been separated from its mother. Yet, by the end we understand all the ways in which the fawn's life could mirror that of an immigrant child traveling across the border. Children looking for their place in a world of uncertainty will relate to this story. Spanish words and phrases are part of the story. Lucero, an all-Spanish translated version, was released simultaneously.
Is It Any Good?
With a few poignant words and some very tender images, this gorgeous multimedia picture book is filled with beautiful textures and colors that draw the reader in. The message in Bright Star is loud and clear no matter who you are, where you come from, or where you're going: We must care for one another and find the courage to speak our own truth, even when faced with darkness. The story ends with beautifully depicted brown skinned children and an author's note that weaves in a visceral sense of urgency as the author shares with us all the reasons why she made this book. Large print makes it an easy read for younger kids. This is a story that will resonate with all, but especially with children affected by the immigration crisis in the United States.
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