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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Who invented the earth, you might wonder? Well, the Great Inventor created it all, as well as the people and animals on earth. The Great Inventor wanted to see his creations both day and night. The only problem was, it was too dark at night. So, the Great Inventor gave his apprentice, Sam, the task of providing enough light at night so he could watch his creations on earth. Sam devises a plan to send the moon into orbit, but in the process, Sam breaks the sky. What do you think he created by breaking the sky?
Avery Davis’s picture book story, The Great Inventor of Stars, is a clever folktale about creation. There are many myths surrounding the creation of the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars, and all the planets of the universe. With brilliantly colorful illustrations, this tale leads the reader through an alternate creation analogy. In presenting the story, the author encourages young readers to think creatively, to follow through with their creative thoughts, and not to be discouraged when they think their creation is a disaster because sometimes great things come out of disasters, as Sam found out. As his master, the Great Inventor, points out, “You have fixed the sky. Look through the holes.” Imagination can be a great thing. The story is told in simple language and with variety as the words curve around shapes and different fonts accentuate new expressive points. This will definitely be a fun read for young readers.