Saturday, October 10, 2015

This Librarian's Quick Picks: A Handful of Stars

Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord book cover realistic fiction chapter bookA Handful of Stars
by Cynthia Lord
Scholastic (May 26, 2015)
Realistic Fiction Chapter Book


Lily’s lost dog leads to her friendship with Salma, a young migrant who works in the blueberry barrens near Lily’s home. Lily worries Salma will challenge conventions when she enters a local pageant.

Why You'll Love It:
  •  Seriously. The cover. This will be a great attention-grabber for kiddos; it will move off the library shelves without too much prodding :)
  • This book is also a perfect read-aloud for upper elementary classroom teachers. 
  • Lord conveys a great message without being over the top or preachy. The characters embrace each other's differences and really practice empathy.
Who Should Read It:

Great for grades 4-6...and here's the book trailer!

What Else You Should Read:

1 comment:

Susan said...

I love Cynthia Lord. This isn't my favorite of hers, but it's still cute and teaches a great lesson about acceptance. And I agree -- she does it without preaching, which I always appreciate. Glad you enjoyed it!

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