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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
In What We See in the Stars by Kathe Yuksel, a child rides along with his/her (the reader isn't sure which) mother to take Dad to work. It's very early in the morning and no one has eaten breakfast yet. The sky is still dark and filled with sparkling stars. The car ride allows the child to look dreamily at the star-filled sky. In the sky, a hungry child can see all kinds of delicious things to eat: doughnuts, sweet cereals, chocolate milk. He/she shares these illusions with Mom, who suggests that she sees something healthier: grapefruit, orange juice and plain cereals like Cheerios. They drop Dad at work and return home, coming to a compromise once they park the car in the driveway and notice the stars starting to fade as the sky brightens with the rising sun. The dog, Fluffy, who was riding along with them is long forgotten (he's only mentioned in the first page) as mother and child go inside to eat a little bit healthy and little bit not-so-healthy. Mother eats her grapefruit and drinks her orange juice while the child eats Cheerios and drinks chocolate milk. The child concludes: "I always knew that we would make the best choices together!"
What We See in the Stars by Kathe Yuksel is a charming picture-book story about a mother-child relationship and a conversation that is sparked by early morning hunger pangs. It is a delightful tale that expands the imagination as well as teaching healthy eating habits. The illustrations are as delicious-looking as the story that goes along with it. Well done!