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The North Star

The North Star

Peter H. Reynolds
Picture Book
For ages 5 and up
Candlewick, 2009   ISBN: 978-0763636777

There once was a baby boy, and one day he began a journey. He crawled around on all fours and he grew. One day “he had the urge to stand…to walk,” and his journey got easier. Happily the boy wandered on, exploring and experiencing the beautiful world around him.

Then the boy saw a rabbit running into a forest. The boy asked a cat why the rabbit was in “such a hurry,” and the cat told the boy that the rabbit was “in a rush to start his journey.” Apparently it was time for the boy to start his journey. The boy was very startled to hear this news. Hadn’t he been on his journey for a while now? Why did he have to hurry? The cat warned the boy that he would be “left behind.” The whole situation was quite disturbing for the boy, who set off down the path, following behind the running rabbit. He saw signs all over the place, and he did his best to follow them, hurrying as best he could. Where was he going and was he lost? How was he supposed to figure out where his chosen place is supposed to be?

In this memorable picture book, Peter H. Reynolds tells an allegorical tale that will appeal to readers of all ages. Little children will like the whimsical illustrations and the charming characters in the story, while older readers will appreciate the message that Peter H. Reynolds wants to share with his readers. He wants them to enjoy their journey through life, and he wants them to follow the path that is true to them. It might be easier to follow behind all those others who have gone before, but is it right?