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Stardiving (Andrew Plant, Ford St)

Stardiving is the tale of a young sperm whale challenged to open his eyes on an exciting deep-diving adventure. This heartfelt picture book by the author–illustrator of titles including The Poppy and The Perfect Leaf gently guides its primary school readers towards a strong sense of self, and a scientific and environmental awareness. Plant’s lyrical text and beautiful illustrations shine in this magical journey to the depths of the underwater galaxy of stars. The story begins with fascinating cachalot facts, and we soon meet Little Fluke and Amber rolling about in the heart of the bright green ocean. Chittering dolphins set Fluke’s mind wondering about the stars, for they are hidden from his view. However, upon the advice of a wise, great bull whale to change his perspective, Fluke discovers that the ocean’s core is the most glimmering, glittering and twinkling place of all. Aptly, Plant’s acrylic paints and watercolour pencils in eye-catching greens and blues brilliantly convey varied viewpoints and contrast daytime serenity with night-time scenes of glowing marine life in aquamarine and white against a dark navy sea. This stunning picture book will encourage its young readers to look within, and to also look out for our world.

Romi Sharp is a picture book writer and digital marketer for children’s authors and publishers.


Category: Junior Reviews