Published by: Greystone Books
Imprint: Greystone Books
Sales Date: 2023-05-16
Available: May 2023
Imprint: Greystone Books
Series: Aldana Libros
Page Count: 72 Pages
Dimensions: 7.90 x 9.75
72 Pages, 7.90 x 9.75 x 0.65 in
Not Yet Published
A dazzling story about love—for the stars, and for one another—between two young people, set in the multicultural city of Montréal.
Every day, Yakov takes his sisters to the park. He's supposed to look after them, but their games are boring, so he reads about space and dreams of becoming an astronaut instead. His father, though, has other plans: he wants Yakov to take over his grocery store when he grows up.
Yakov's world changes when at the park one day, he comes across a girl also reading a book about space. Aïcha has moved into the house right behind his, and the two become inseparable. Together, they search for constellations, check out astronomy books from the library, and marvel at the night sky. However, their fathers fear they are growing too close. They are forbidden from spending time together, and Aïcha eventually moves away.
Years later, Yakov has achieved his dream: he works for NASA and builds space probes. Will he and Aïcha ever see each other again?
The Stars features:
- An engaging, cartoon style
- A powerful message about following your passion
- A celebration of the excitement and wonder of scientific pursuits—and how science can unite us
From award-winning picture book creator and cartoonist Jacques Goldstyn, The Stars is a brilliant and heartwarming hymn to friendship, the infinity of the sky, and following what you love.
"Two children of different backgrounds but complementary interests are forced apart and then reunite years later in this sweet love story. . . cozy and cosmic."
—Booklist STARRED Review
Praise for the The Eleventh Hour by Jacques Goldstyn
"While this well-written title is meant for a younger audience, older students may also connect with the content as they study World War I and seek a depiction of the life of a soldier."
—School Library Connection
"A history lesson and conversation starter in one book."
—Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
"Because of its particular focus on WWI, the story may be of special value to teachers whose classes are studying the period."
"This antiwar parable. . . is a powerful and accessible multi-audience picture book that imbues meaning to the hundredth anniversary of a war's end now shrouded in the long ago while challenging young readers to weigh the merits of current conflicts in the news."
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Goldstyn's text is powerful in its spareness, while his cartoon pictures successfully capture the story's tone and moods, both antic and somber; taken together, these create a memorable, moving tale."
"This is a beautiful and heartfelt picture book about war and perspective that should be a part of all social studies curriculum."
—School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
Praise for Letters to a Prisoner by Jacques Goldstyn, illustrated by Angela Keenlyside
"Goldstyn was inspired by the letter-writing campaigns of human rights organization Amnesty International. His book is an accessible and inspiring tribute. "The pen is mightier than the sword" lives on."
"This deserves to be everywhere children are learning about the wider world."
—STARRED Review Publishers Weekly
"Powerful...an inspiration for all ages."
—STARRED REVIEW Quill & Quire
"Universal... An elegant picture book tribute to the power of organizing and the plight of political prisoners, best suited for older readers. A first purchase."
—School Library Journal