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The Stars Just Up the Street

A grandpa’s memories of brilliant night skies inspire a little girl to take action in a tale for budding community organizers and star lovers alike.

Mabel loves stars. She counts five from her window and thirty-seven from her backyard. But her grandfather tells her that, as a child, he could see thousands. Could it be true? Mabel climbs a hill looking for more stars — only to discover that the glow from the nearby town makes them hard to see. What would it take for her neighbors to turn off their lights, just for one night, so that everyone could see the starlit sky?

Sue Soltis’s tale of a young activist and Christine Davenier’s luminous illustrations will leave readers curious about the dark-sky movement — and the wonder that is waiting for them just up the street.

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"With Grandpa’s encouragement, Mabel begins by urging her neighbors to turn off their lamps and remind themselves of the celestial show above their rooftops... Then, by marshalling support from more townspeople and reminding the mayor that everyone was once a starry-eyed kid, Mabel succeeds in getting the town to dim the streetlamps during the next new moon. A crowd turns out on the hill up the street from where Mabel lives, and stargazing becomes a community tradition, with 'telescopes, binoculars, egg salad sandwiches, and strawberry pies.'" — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Sue Soltis
Illustrator Christine Davenier
ISBN 0763698342
Publication Date Mar 17, 2020
Publisher Candlewick
Language English