Connecting the Stars
Ahoy, little stargazers! This is the picture book for you - a fantastical and poetic exploration of the world's wonderful constellations.
Recommended ages: for 0 - 7yrs old
Author: Deborah Stevenson
Illustrator: Stella Maris
What is this picture book about?
When you look up at the sky at night, what do you see? This awe-inspiring book tells the stories behind the world's constellations, with a message that is as magical as it is important.
In a time where we all need to be reminded that we are one world, this truly remarkable book journeys through the special constellations in both the northern and southern hemisphere sky, providing a poetic look into their broader meaning.
Children will marvel at everything the universe has created for us, from Vulpecula (The Little Fox), to Lepus (The Hare), a very special constellation just south of the equator, that can miraculously be seen from the northern hemisphere in winter.
This is not just a story of the constellations, though. Carefully woven throughout the story is children of all races and abilities. Why? Because no matter who we are and where we come from, we all play an equal part in marvelling at, and ultimately holding up, the sky.
An excerpt from the story
Even on the darkest night,
the stars cast forth their brilliant light.
Some are bold and some are small.
Most stay put, while others fall.
Some with names and some unknown,
each tiny star appears alone.
Look closer and you might unveil
a constellation’s timeless tale.
The universe, in all her glory,
shares with us her age-old story,
of separate stars she’s bound together...
today, tomorrow, and forever.
In myths, the raven was once white.
He bore bad news and, out of spite,
the god Apollo cursed his soul,
then scorched his feathers black as coal.
A goose clenched in his hungry jaws,
the fox trots by on silent paws,
to meet the dog who has three heads
and guards the kingdom of the dead.
Frequently asked questions
Well, we used to, but now we only ship to Australia and New Zealand.
For all other countries, we have exclusive distributors who wholesale our books to retailers.
If you're in the USA, you'll find us in Barnes & Noble and Target.
Usually within two business days.
We publish our books in both formats. If it's hardcover, it will be noted clearly in the product description - otherwise, you can assume it's softcover.
Commonly newborns through to seven year-olds, but we like to think we're equally loved by very big kids, too!
That depends how good it is! Seriously, though, we're signing new authors all the time and you can learn more HERE.
Ethicool HQ is in Tasmania, Australia, but we have a large warehouse presence in Berkeley, USA, servicing the northern hemisphere.
When we have new release titles on the way (i.e. in the middle of being printed or shipped to our warehouses), we put them up for pre-order. It usually means they're a few weeks or months away from being delivered to customers.