Ursa's Light

illus. by Deborah Marcero. 32p. Peter Pauper. Apr. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781441318817.
PreS-Gr 2—Ursa isn't like other bears. While her peers play aimlessly in the schoolyard, Ursa is busy dreaming new dreams. Ever the optimist, she decides that anything is possible. She needs a new goal. But what will it be? After dreaming of it all night, Ursa wakes up with an exciting, courageous plan: she will learn to fly! Despite warnings from her doubtful friends and family, Ursa takes lessons from birds, rockets, and bats, poring over her notes and trying again and again to make her trip into the sky a success. After multiple setbacks, she begins to question her goal…until her brother spots an audition advertisement to be a shooting star in The Cosmos, a local play. When her nerves almost get the best of her at the audition, she channels her positive energy, takes a leap of faith, and, naturally, gets the part. Ursa is the brightest star of all, and her spirit shines brilliantly as she steals the show! This impressive debut picture book features whimsical, doodlelike illustrations that perfectly complement this tender tale. Appropriate pacing makes this an ideal choice for storytime.
VERDICT All future stars and their caregivers will want to share this story as they scheme and dream together.

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