The Star Festival
The Star Festival
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The Star Festival

Written by Moni Ritchie Hadley & illustrated by Mizuho Fujisawa
Published by Albert Whitman & Company
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2021 Freeman Book Awards Honorable Mention - Children’s LiteratureThe Best Children’s Books of the Year 2022, Bank Street CollegeSTARRED REVIEW! Hadley has created a remarkable debut that flows elegantly, interweaving the two tales in a way that is readable and fun…An exquisite choice for all collections.–School Library Journal starred reviewA multigenerational retelling of a Japanese legend.Tanabata Matsuri, the Star Festival, celebrates a popular folktale: The Emperor of the Heavens separates his daughter, Orihime, from her love, Hikoboshi, all year–but on this day the two stars finally reunite, crossing a bridge over the Milky Way. For Keiko, her mama, and her grandmother, Tanabata is about making tanzaku wishes, taking in the colorful decorations, and eating delicious food like nagashi somen and shaved ice. But when Obaasan gets lost in the crowd, Keiko and Mama must make their own bridge to find her again–and see if their tanzaku comes true.

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    Book Details

    Publication Date
    April 1, 2021
    Page Count
    Reading Age
    4 - 7 years
    Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
    ASIN/ISBN 10
    Lexile® Level
    Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
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