Eyes That Speak to the Stars

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eyes that speak to the stars

New York Times bestselling team Joanna Ho and Dung Ho present Eyes That Speak to the Stars, companion to the acclaimed Eyes That Kiss in the Corners.

A young Asian boy notices that his eyes look different from his peers' after seeing his friend’s drawing of them. After talking to his father, the boy realizes that his eyes rise to the skies and speak to the stars, shine like sunlit rays, and glimpse trails of light from those who came before—in fact, his eyes are like his father’s, his agong’s, and his little brother’s, and they are visionary.

Inspired by the men in his family, he recognizes his own power and strength from within. This extraordinary picture book redefines what it means to be truly you.

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners received three starred reviews and was embraced as "breathtaking," "lyrical," and "poignant." This companion volume is sure to be welcomed with equal joy.---from the publisher

40 pages                          978-0063057753                     Ages 4-8

Keywords:  boys and men, Asian, eyes, human body, fitting in, belonging, being yourself, accepting others, acceptance, differences, If You Liked Bodies Are Cool, believing in yourself, Social Emotional Learning SEL, diversity, diverse book, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old

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The little boy is just like any other little boy in a bedroom that could be anyone's  with a train tack on the floor of his bedroom and s solar system above his bed. But when his friend Kurt draws a pictures of his friends. and drew the little boy with two straight lines for eyes, he is devastated.  It had never occurred to him that he was any different to his class mates.  When he tells his Baba, his Baba is very wise and tells him, "Your eyes rise to the skies and speak to the stars.  The comets and constellations show you their secrets, and your eyes can foresee the future,  Just like mine."

And for the first time the little boy realises that his eyes are not only like his baba's but also his old and wise agong's and his baby brother Di-Di's.  And he begins to understand...  as he discovers that his eyes are a mirror of those of the those whom he so adores and admires, both past and present, he realises that his eyes are powerful and visionary too. "My eyes shine like sunlit rays that break through dark and doubt, They lift their sights on paths of flight that soar above the clouds.  My eyes gaze into space and glimpse trails of light inviting my into impossibilities."  His eyes are so much more than their shape, and a depiction in a picture.

Like its predecessor, Eyes that Kiss in the Cornersthis is a story of awareness, acknowledgement and empowerment written in the most poetic language that we are coming to associate with this  author's writing, and accompanied by glorious pictures that are so full of colour and detail and upward movement that the reader is as uplifted as the little boy .

Rather than just being a parallel to Eyes the Kiss, this book builds on that and together would make the most powerful foundation for this year's Harmony Day celebrations.

Recommended by:  Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian New South Wales,  AUSTRALIA

See more of her recommendations:

500 Hats http://500hats.edublogs.org/

The Bottom Shelf http://thebottomshelf.edublogs.org/

Storybook Cushions http:// bit.ly/storybook_cushions

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