Each month, when the moon disappears, the Fisherman’s daughter worries abut her father, out in the sea in darkness. She worries so much that one day, the Sun finds her crying and after thinking hard, comes up with a way to help her and her father. Breaking one of his rays into many pieces, he tells her to put them in the sky where they will shine and give light. She works tirelessly, placing each carefully in the sky until her basket of stars catches Monkey’s eye…
Poonam Mistry’s stunning artwork is familiar to us here at JAB HQ as the illustrations for Chitra Soundar’s lovely series ‘You’re Safe With Me’, ‘You’re Snug With Me’ and ‘You’re Strong With Me’. In this new book, both written and illustrated by Poonam herself, she tells the story of how the stars were created.
Visually stunning, each spread is an absolute joy. Wonderfully patterned images seem to draw on artistic traditions from a range of cultures, resulting in beautifully detailed illustrations for the reader to linger over. I can’t tell you how much I love it!
A gift for inspiring artwork, the story is perfect for using as part of work on creation stories or to enjoy to support science work on space. Best of all, it is a wonderful story for sharing!
‘How the Stars Came to Be’ is a beautiful book - a real must- have for everyone!
How the Stars Came to Be Poonam Mistry
Tate Publishing ISBN: 978-1849766630