Author: Karen Woodall
Illustrator: Bobbi Switzer
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1-4787-1446-0

I thought that was silly of Momma to say. I know you can’t touch them, smell them or taste them, but if you listen closely, you can hear them!” a young girl states in Karen Woodall’s book, Listen to the Stars.

At thirty-four pages, this hardback book has a colorful drawing of an adult female with two children looking out a window to the sky on the front cover. The back jacket has two paragraphs about the book’s content and a short author biography. With no profanity or scary scenes, it would make a pleasant bedtime story for preschool to kindergarten aged children. Since there are several complicated words and punctuation errors, beginner readers may need assistance to avoid learning incorrect writing habits. The book is dedicated to Jesus and the author’s first grandson.

Illustrator Bobbi Switzer presents expressive depictions with bright colors that cover almost every page while black wording is written against white with blue starred borders and occasional bold type font.

This children’s tome begins with a girl on her bed reading a book, stating there are no stars out as she cannot hear them. When she looks out her window, only blackness is around.

Days later she announces to her brother that she hears the stars, yet he cannot hear them even though she shows them to him outside the window in the sky. Complaining to her mother that her brother cannot hear the stars, her mother corrects her by asking if she sees them, not hears them.

The mother explains that stars are far away so one cannot hear, touch, taste or smell them but the young girl is adamant that she hears the sound of them twinkling. When the mother suggests she can hear crickets but cannot see them, this annoys and confuses the girl further.

Stating life was simple and easy to believe as a youngster, the child grows into a woman and realizes that she cannot hear the stars but can still listen for them whenever she opens a window at night and gazes into the dark sky.

Although this may be a confusing, repetitive story for young children, it may spurn their imagination and thinking the next time they are outside at night and look up into the darkness to see if they hear anything.

This book was furnished by the author for review purposes.

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