The Sad Little Star

Children - Grade K-3rd
3 Pages
Reviewed on 01/04/2021
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Sadness engulfs us all at one time or another. It’s so easy to believe we’re not good enough, that we’re not as beautiful or bright as those around us, that we’re not as quick in our movements. Little Star felt that way. “She’s nothing like the moon so gigantic/ So shiny, so full and so romantic.” The moon, another star, sets a standard that must be difficult for other stars to live up to. But do they have to live up to the moon’s standards? Does the little star have to be everything the moon is, everything the other stars are? Or, is it enough to be just what little star is: a little star?

Mr. Sun’s The Sad Little Star is a clever poem that emphasizes the importance of self-esteem and how we shouldn’t measure ourselves next to others. We are who and what we are and that should be good enough. Little Star is sad that she doesn’t have all the wonderful and exciting attributes like the other stars, especially the moon. The poem goes through these attributes and the reasons why Little Star just doesn’t feel like she measures up. But then she looks more closely, “She looked into the night sky through and through./ Then she realized she was special too.” She goes on to list what special attributes the other stars and the moon have that she really doesn’t need. And she shares all these wonderful revelations with her star friends. Told in rhyming verse, the moral of this charming poem is that we have to feel good about ourselves, just the way we are. Because we really are all very beautiful and very special.