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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Touch the Brightest Star, written and illustrated by Christie Matheson. Greenwillow, Harper. 2015. $19.99 ages 2 and up

"Tap the sky beside
the tree.

Make a wish
and count to three.

Swipe the sky
from left to right.


In this companion book to Tap the Magic Tree (2013), Christie Matheson uses the coming darkness to lull her little listeners toward restful sleep. Once again interactive, it entices with the falling dusk, the gentleness of the coming night, the fireflies that light that night ... all for the enjoyment of a little one.

Press the firefly; they all light up! Pat the deer before saying good night. Tap the sky, a star appears. In rhyming verses, readers are given clear and simple instructions to move them forward. It gives that sense of power they so appreciate in a world where many things are out of their control. Imagine their excitement over directing what is happening in their book!

They are invited to wave, press, blow, pat, say, tap, wish, count, swipe, blink, touch, trace, look, whisper, watch, turn, rub, close, and nod. All quiet verbs of encouragement to take part in the fun, without revving them up ahead of tucking them in to wait for morning to peek across the sky once again.

The last page is a glossary that provides information concerning the enchantments that night provides. Collage artwork makes the dark an enchanting, inviting place to be. It is a book that makes little ones want more of the same, while falling in love with books and reading. Well done!

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