The Stars of Din/Las estrellas de Din

Lil’ Libros. Aug. 2023. 40p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781948066419. BL.
PreS-Gr 1–Din is a lovely and lively little girl who collects stars and saves them until she is able to gift them to sad people and animals to brighten their days. When she comes across a bear who is very sad, Din attempts to find the perfect star for her, but just isn’t able to find the right one to cheer the bear up. Din seeks advice from the stars themselves, who offer different suggestions. When a small star proposes that Din should ask the bear what she needs, the girl realizes that this approach is the right one. Din befriends the bear, who becomes a companion as she helps Din look for stars. Children will love entering Din’s colorful world, which is full of unique characters on every page, from Din and the stars themselves to people and animals who work and live side by side. This fun picture book can open up conversations about sadness and feelings, and about helping friends and loved ones who might be sad themselves. Din has dark brown skin and curly hair.
VERDICT An excellent addition to bilingual picture book collections, and one that might encourage readers to look around and see if someone they know needs a friend.

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