Harcourt School Publishers Collections: Lvl Lib: Jordi'S Star Gr3

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Jordi, who lives alone on a barren mountain with only a small herd of goats for company, discovers a brightly shining star after a tremendous storm, and as he sets out on a search for flowers, moss, and stones to bring to his new friend, surprising things begin to happen on his mountain.

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Alma Flor Ada was born in Camaguey, Cuba. She has studied and taught in Spain, Peru, and the United States. Her children's books have been published in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Spain, and the United Sates. A recipient of the Marta Salotti Gold Medal Award (Argentina) and the Christopher Award (United States), Alma Flor Ada has four children and three grandchildren. She lives in San Francisco, from where she embarks on many trips to places all over the world to look for the nature that she loves.

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Ages 4^-8. Jordi lives a difficult, lonely life on a rocky hill, tending a herd of goats. The terrain is bleak, and even getting water is difficult. When the hole he digs to try to open a well fills with water during a thunderstorm, Jordi's life is forever altered. That night he sees a star shining in the pool, and he gazes on it enraptured. He is certain the star has gone to sleep when it disappears from the pool the next day, and sure enough, that night the star reappears. Feeling an urge to nurture his new friend, he begins bringing it things--large rocks, which he puts together with soft moss; shiny quartz pebbles, which he tosses into the bottom of the pool; and "some tiny blue flowers he had never noticed before." Day by day, he brings more gifts to the star, gradually transforming his landscape and himself: "Jordi could not understand how life had once seemed so sad and lonely to him, filled as it was with so many beautiful things to discover." This touching, lyrically told story is given substance by Gaber's earthy illustrations, which show Jordi as a poignantly real man, his broad face and large hands in sharp contrast to the delicate flowers and the twinkling star. The book is appropriate for any picture-book collection, but one particular illustration, which shows Jordi sleeping as starlight shining in the window illuminates a cross and an icon, makes this an especially fine choice for church and parochial school libraries. Susan Dove Lempke

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