The Starkeeper

Random House. Jun. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781984892706.
PreS-Gr 2–In this uplifting story of kindness and perseverance, a little girl wishes away the dark of the world and is given the gift of light. As a starkeeper, she sets out to share her light with others in need, and though the task is difficult at first, she ultimately succeeds in spreading light around the world, little by little. The story’s message can be applied to a variety of difficult situations where positivity and compassion are needed, and is presented in a way that’s easy for young readers to understand. Simple, straightforward prose makes for a pleasing read-aloud experience, and soft, atmospheric pencil and watercolor illustrations complement the text; the girl is depicted in bright colors while the world around her is initially shown in tones of gray, and then bathed in gentle colors as she and others share the light.
VERDICT Themes of compassion, generosity, and determination make this gentle book a lovely first purchase for picture book collections.

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