Little Star and Eliore weaves together the story of golden-hearted Little Star and enthusiastic impulsive Eliore. While Little Star and his earth world friends frolic with delight in nature and go on helpful missions, Eliore, another star child, accidentally falls off the clouds and struggles to find her friend, Little Star. The challenge in her journey is compounded by the fact that – unbeknownst to her – a bright little star from the sky world cannot be seen on earth without a suit.
Here is a new story for these critical times, during which the planet is calling for us all to wake up and take a new direction, a direction that expresses truly our values of love, gratitude, mindfulness and loving connectedness to all life. Ultimately there is a plan for our life already present within us. We do not have to invent the plan, we just have to connect to it.
Our glorious universe that has brought forth such astounding richness and beauty is surely also drawing forth a new consciousness in us all, surely evoking in us, wonder, reverence and love.
Thirty-two glowing watercolour illustrations help tell the story in a way that helps a child understand.
People are saying…. (…see some illustrations below.)
Upon reading this book I’m struck by the notion of gratitude. The children ceaselessly thank the earth and the earth thanks the children in return. This speaks to the symbiotic relationship that we have with nature, (that we should have more of!) and how crucial it is to both of our wellbeing. The larch tree thanks Little Star for uncovering them (I do this to all larches as well!), the children ask the moss if it’s ready and willing to be gathered and Eliore thanks the trees, the flowers, the sun for being there for her. It really demonstrates the importance of showing gratitude to everything and everyone around us. The act of showing gratitude helps us feel gratitude in return. A line from the book that stood out to me around the gratitude piece: “Everything was alive and was her friend…a new happiness filled her being”
A key theme for me in this book is about our inner plan. That even comes back to gratitude. In being thankful for what’s around you, showing the things and people around you thanks, helps you to be at peace with your path and allows you to let your path come to you. You’re more open to seeing your direction within the world, because you are grateful. I find that’s when things come towards you (in my personal experience).
Christina Wightman – Artist, Designer, Adventurer. BA Visual Arts & Communication Studies