THE STARS JUST UP THE STREET, by Sue Soltis, Illustrated by Christine Davenier, Candlewick Press

A grandpa’s memories of brilliant night skies inspire a little girl to take action in a tale for budding community organizers and star lovers alike.

Mabel loves stars. She counts five from her window and thirty-seven from her backyard. But her grandfather tells her that, as a child, he could see thousands. Could it be true? Mabel climbs a hill looking for more stars — only to discover that the glow from the nearby town makes them hard to see. What would it take for her neighbors to turn off their lights, just for one night, so that everyone could see the starlit sky? Sue Soltis’s tale of a young activist and Christine Davenier’s luminous illustrations will leave readers curious about the dark-sky movement — and the wonder that is waiting for them just up the street.

Out March 2020

40 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Pretty illustrations grace the pages of this book. I remember as a young girl being able to sit outside with my dad at night staring at the sky. He was a huge science and science fiction lover. He taught me about nature and stars and how to dream. We’d have wonderful conversations all the while he’d point out various stars and clusters and we’d stay out until the wee hours of the night dreaming of possibilities of what could be out there. This book brought it all back.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could convince all to declare a new moon holiday where we can gather and dream under a starlit night. Imagine all the power we’d save, all the relationships we’d build… all the wonders we’d see. Just like in this book.

I gave this book:

Five star rating – shiny golden stars

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