Celestine, Drama Queen
(Arthur A. Levine Books, Aug. 16, 2009)
PreSchool-Grade 1—Even the most self-assured young duckling diva is vulnerable to opening-night jitters. This British import recounts Celestine's beginnings as she pecks her way into the world with much fanfare. "Right from the start, Celestine was hard to ignore." She envisions herself becoming nothing less than a star, even when she is cast in a minor role in the school play. Although stage fright literally upends her theatrical debut and temporarily disheartens her, her mother tenderly reassures her that she will always be her star. Soft pastel watercolors and pencil drawings whimsically depict the adorable Celestine, her feathered barnyard friends and family, and the cheerful details of her domestic life. The foil-stamped jacket will entice many a reader to pick up this cozy and comforting book, perfect for reading aloud in a group or shared one-on-one.—Kathleen Finn, Winooski Memorial Library, VT Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.