- Book Style: Storybook for toddlers and children
- 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
- Author’s Page: Amazon
The Star of Joy is a storybook for toddlers created by Galya Sidelsky. The story is all about the Star of Joy, a wondrous place that we visit from the perspective of two young children, Ron and Robin. Ron and Robin go to the star on the back of a colorful horse named Be-Happy, who wants to show the kids this magical place where friendship, gift giving, and other amazing things await. In the end, this book is an inspirational story that’s really intended to help toddlers and children see the better parts of life.
Speaking of the better parts of life, it’s pretty clear to me that this book was written from an incredible perspective. There are so many positive statements and inspirational words in this book that your little one can only feel happy when reading through the story with you. See what I mean?
Galya Sidelsky wrote this book after almost 25 years in the arts. She’s a person truly in touch with her soul, her feelings, and her emotions, and as such she’s written this book with an entirely positive message in mind. She’s tried to embed this message of positivity in you and your toddler, and I think that it’s been successful. Not only that, but it’s just a nice book to read as a result of Galya’s incredible perspective on life.
Initially as I looked at the illustrations in the book, I didn’t know what to make of them. Some of the stylistic choices I didn’t understand…that is, until I saw some of my older children’s books. After I saw those, I realized that the illustrations were done in an old-fashioned way on purpose, and I started to love them. They’re done with a simpler life and a simpler time in mind, and the story reflects this. You see the children in their old-fashioned sleepers and their cheeks colored in as if they had all been in a sauna all day, and all of this adds to the theme and the message of the book.
Now, this isn’t to say that the pages are bland and colorless, quite the opposite actually. See the horse (Be-Happy…wow do I love that name) below? Tell me that’s not the most color you’ve ever seen on a horse and I’ll tell you you’re wrong. There’s so much going on here that your toddler is going to have no choice but to be mesmerized.
Probably my favorite thing about the book is how it’s written. Our author has written this book in the form of a song and/or a poem. As you read through the pages, you get a sense of the rhythm and the cadence that she’s applied to the story and it helps you, as the parent, navigate the book. You can just feel Galya’s musical background as the book saunters through the story. As the parent, I love that I can bounce through stories written this way and that it engages my little guy more than a standard book.
In the end, this is a pretty easy book to recommend for parents of toddlers. I love that the book was written in a poem and/or song style and I love the overall messaging in the book. It’s a fun story to read as a result of these items, and the illustrations simply add on to the greatness of the story.
Now then, let’s get to the part where you get the book for free. From March 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017, Galya has decided to give away the book on Kindle for free. After that you will have pay a whopping $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!
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,