A shining new picture book about learning to appreciate the wonders in your world and within yourself, by New York Times bestselling author Patrick McDonnell and Naoko Stoop, creator of Red Knit Cap Girl, a New York Times Best Illustrated book
Hoshi the sea star looks up in the sky and sees the stars shining. She wishes that she too could be in the sky amongst the brilliant stars--and as she imagines how much better it would be up in the air, she fails to appreciate the beautiful world that surrounds her underwater. It takes Hoshi's friends, old and new, to help her realize that her shine comes from within. With gorgeous illustrations depicting colorful underwater life, Shine! teaches about the wonders that can be found inside ourselves.
Naoko's gorgeous use of plywood as the canvas for her work offers the perfect texture and pattern to evoke waves and sea currents in the underwater scenes.
Hoshi, a starfish, longs to be in the sky like the twinkling stars above, not stuck in the water: "Up there, where I would shine! Oh, poor little me... a star stuck in the sea." Things are already perfect where Hoshi is now, McDonnell (Tek) makes clear with a wink: " I should be floating among the colorful planets,' Hoshi thought, as she floated among the colorful coral. Imagine all the unique and wonderful friends you could meet up there!' she told her unique and wonderful neighbors." Unable to ascend, Hoshi dives into deep water, where an anglerfish gives her the wisdom she needs: "Happiness, my dear, is always found right... here," she says, pointing to her heart. Though there's not much interaction between text and illustration, Stoop's (Sing with Me!) mixed-media artwork adds richness and depth. The many sea creatures, painted on wood grain, are identifiable scarlet coral, a green crab and the scenes gain beauty from graded washes of sky and water. Ages 4 8. Author's agent: Henry Dunow, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. Illustrator's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.