On the Night of the Shooting Star

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Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Amy Hest
Illustrator: Jenni Desmond
Publisher: Candlewick
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9780763691547
Pages: 32

Dog and bunny live in houses separated by a fence. Each day they look over the fence and see each other, but they never say hello. They play and do fun things, but each one sticks to their side of the fence, occasionally looking over to see what the other is doing. Each of them thinks that the other one needs a friend. As they are thinking this, they see a shooting star together. Bunny goes to her house for cocoa. Dog goes to his house for biscuits. They come back to the fence and dig a tunnel under it so that from now on they can play together.

This is a wonderful book. Simple illustrations and words combine into a simple story about making friends out of neighbors. How often do fences, real or imaginary, stand between people who share space everyday? This book will help children say the words that bring down fences and that build bridges (and tunnels) with the people next to them. The story and images have a cozy, welcoming atmosphere, and while both animals are friendly and kind, they seem to just not have thought of making the first move themselves. This sweet little book is a good way to teach children to say hello and to share.