- Book Style: Storybook for children and toddlers
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 7-10 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Simple, cute, stylistic
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: Galya Sidelsky
- Purchase Page: Amazon
The Star of Joy is a children’s storybook created by Galya Sidelsky. The story is narrated by a character named Princess Love (who doesn’t love a princess with that name), who tells the reader a story about a pair of children who go on a magical journey. The children, Ron and Robin, meet a colorful horse named Be-Happy who comes from The Star of Joy. They all travel together to the star and go on quite the journey. In the end though, they find themselves at home and go to school to tell everyone all about the star and the wonderful life that’s lived there.
The best thing about this book is the spirit that it’s written in. It’s simply an uplifting book that intends to help children see the world in a better light. There are so many inspirational statements within the book that it becomes a reminder of the good things in life. Need an example? See below.
See, this book is inspirational and that’s important, but I think it’s even more important to understand the author a little bit. This will give you an idea of why the book has been built this way. First and foremost, Galya is an artist. She’s spent 25 years in the world of musical education, artistry, writing, meditation, and so forth. She is truly a person in touch with her feelings and emotions. As such, she’s written this book with such a positive framework that it’s impossible to ignore.
One of the other things about this book is how it’s written. Immediately, upon opening the first page, you sense the author’s musical background. She’s written the book entirely as a song/poem, and this gives the book a wonderful cadence/rhythm. As the parent (reader), I can glide through books like this effortlessly when reading to my child, and I love that. It just makes the whole experience for both my child and I that much better. Galya has definitely put her talents to good use with her writing style.
The illustrations in this book have a very different style. In fact, they have their own style as far as I’m concerned. It’s funny, because as I started the book I wasn’t sure if I liked them. However, as the book began to tell its story, I started to understand why the illustrations were created the way they were. The horse, Be-Happy is a pretty clear example of this as it is extremely colorful and fun to look at.
Not only are the illustrations fun to look at, but they’re highly stylized in what I would call a bit of an old fashioned book. The children have cute cheeks drawn on them and their clothes are certainly indicative of a simple life. Even the star and Princess Love, while colorful, remind me of an older children’s book. It’s a nice hearkening back to my childhood when kids storybooks weren’t so complex. Dr. Seuss, anyone?
In any case, this is a pretty easy book to recommend for our parents here on Kids Fun Channel. Not only is this book a cute story, but it’s also written in a fun, musical format that makes it easy to read. What’s more, the book costs next to nothing! In fact, on the 13th of March (2017), Galya has decided to give away the book on Kindle for free. That promotion will run until the 17th, when you’ll have pay a whole $1.98 USD on Kindle or $10.99 USD for a paperback copy of The Star of Joy. Head to the Amazon page or go through your Kindle App to get this book now!
Until next time…smash, crash, and learn!