On the Night of the Shooting Star
On the Night of the Shooting Star
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Annotation: Bunny and Dog live on opposite sides of the fence, but they don't talk to each other until the night of the shooting star.
Catalog Number: #148774
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Desmond, Jenni,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-9154-2
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-9154-7
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017953686
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Bunny and Dog live solitary, parallel lives in adjacent homes until their shared glimpse of a shooting star engenders a new and steadfast friendship. Each tidy lakeside home, separated by a fence, is appointed with décor that reflects its inhabitant. Bunny's house—blue, like her—contains such lapine accoutrements as rabbit-shaped salt-and-pepper shakers and a framed portrait of three carrots. Bunny ears pop up often: on the loft bed's headboard, the lamp, and the cocoa cups. Sharp-eyed kids might notice the reading chair's fluffy white "tail." Dog's abode is similarly cozy in his signature red, with a portable radio, a rug woven with a border of dogs, and a goodly supply of biscuits. As the animals engage in solo pursuits, from knitting (Dog) and drawing (Bunny) to cultivating twin gardens, they steal furtive glances at each other. Sleepless and outdoors on a moonlit night, each deduces that the other needs a friend. Their mutual, ephemeral experience—witnessing the shooting star—fuels their new relationship, as they share meals and pastimes together. Hest's gentle subtext seems to say, "Life is short. Engage; connect." Desmond's mixed-media illustrations juxtapose simply rendered animals, charming household details, and lovely full-bleed expanses of starry sky and moonlit lake. A gentle, empathetic tribute to the value of reaching out to welcome a new friend. (Picture book. 3-7)
School Library Journal
PreS-KA simple, soft, and endearing story of friendship about neighbors who live on opposites sides of a white picket fence. Bunny drinks lots of cocoa, plants carrots, and peeks at Dog, while Dog eats biscuits, plays with his ball, and wonders about Bunny. Seasons come and seasons go, but the neighbors never say hello to each other. Until, on one sleepless night, both Bunny and Dog simultaneously witness a shooting star, and a new friendship ignites. Hest's narrative line is concise and clear and possesses a magical quality matched by Desmond's airy, muted watercolor and mixed-media illustrations. The characters are dynamic, and full-page images and small vignettes alike are playfully imagined with charming details that readers will enjoy viewing again and again. VERDICT Enchantingly fresh, this lighthearted tale of friendship deserves a place in every picture book collection. Pair with Beth Ferry's Stick and Stone or Cynthia Rylant's "Mr. Putter and Tabby" series for stories that inspire kindness and neighborliness and that value the warm comfort of finding a friend.Brianne Colombo, Fairfield Free Public Library, NJ
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Though Bunny and Dog have never met, they are neighbors, with a picket fence between Dog's neatly trimmed lawn and Bunny's overgrown yard. They never even say hello, but each peeks at the other's activities throughout the day. Dog knits, eats biscuits, and plays with his ball, while Bunny colors pictures, drinks cocoa, and plants carrots. Late one night, each goes outdoors to look at the sky and decides that the other needs a friend. A shooting star and a shared smile make a connection between them that turns into much more: a shared snack of cocoa and biscuits, followed by an "exceptional" friendship. Hest's spare, quiet text, with just enough well-chosen details to set the scenes and differentiate clearly between Dog and Bunny, leaves plenty of room for the illustrator's imagination. With an air of innocence and spontaneity, Desmond's mixed-media illustrations offer two lovably bashful characters, nicely varied compositions, and night scenes in which familiar things look so different that real change (even friendship) seems magically possible. While many stories about making friends begin with lonely characters yearning for companionship, this picture book introduces two who are content to be alone but find that friendship brings them great happiness. A wonderful read-aloud choice.
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-K

For solitary neighbors Bunny and Dog, reticence overcomes curiosity — until something extraordinary happens to nudge them into friendship.

Bunny and Dog live on opposite sides of the fence. Every morning, first thing, Bunny looks through the fence and the tall grass at Dog. And every morning, first thing, Dog looks through the fence and the tall grass at Bunny. Yet neither one says hello. Or hi. Or nice to see you today. But then, one night, Bunny and Dog both see a shooting star zip through the sky. Could this shared moment be the start of a friendship? From storyteller Amy Hest and artist Jenni Desmond comes a lyrical, touching, and timely picture book about finding the courage to say “I could be your friend.”

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