A Bed of Stars

A Bed of Stars
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April 04, 2023
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A tender new story from the award-winning creator of Julián Is a Mermaid celebrates first-time camping, father-child bonding, and feeling at one with the universe.

“We’re going camping, you and me.”
“Where?” I ask.
“The desert,” says Dad . . . “To shake hands with the universe.”

Going to bed each night can be dark and scary. The night sky stretches out endlessly, making one sensitive child feel small in comparison. So Dad comes up with a plan: a night of camping out in the desert. Together, the two load up Darlin’, the old pickup truck, and drive over the mountain with the radio on, stopping to shoot the breeze at a junkyard before setting up camp, jumping in sand dunes, and lying back to name all the birds they can see. After sunset, when the young thinker feels tiny against the vast sky, Dad knows just what to ask—and just what to say—to soothe away fears. Maybe this night spent under the stars (and a surprise from Mom and the baby later) are just what is needed to show that the universe is a friendly place. From acclaimed author-illustrator Jessica Love comes a story of small moments between father and child that affirms the comfort of finding one’s place in the world.

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A Bed of Stars, down to it's simplest terms, is a lovely children's book about getting close to nature and finding peace.

I love the illustrations. The watercolor really helps drive home the meaning behind the story, as well as puts a shine on the desert scenes.

The plot of the story is magnificent. A child cannot fall asleep, as the universe is just too big, so dad takes the child out to camp under the stars. The story really focuses on the bond between father and child, as well as their open ended adventure.
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