Picture Book Review: Like a Shooting Star

Like a Shooting Star by Rino Alaimo
Like a Shooting Star
by Rino Alaimo

4 out of 5 stars

A little boy mistakenly wishes on a firefly instead of a shooting star, and the firefly hears his wish and determines to fulfill it. The boy wishes for his father to come home safely from the war, and the firefly goes on a journey to find the boy’s father. The firefly’s wings are too small to fly, so it bounces and glides from place to place searching for the soldier. The message is that even when you seem too small and weak to do any good, you can always do something and help in some small way.
This touching story is such an emotional and sweet tale of a little boy longing for his father, and a tiny firefly full of determination and bravery. I really loved the writing style and the direction the story took. The writing uses many descriptions to pull the reader into the story; things like smells, feelings, light and darkness, and movement. It’s a story full of hope and emotional connection!

I liked the soft illustrations with a blue and yellow color scheme. Sometimes I wished the illustrations were a little more clear instead of so watery and misty, but I understand that the dreamy style is a beautiful reflection of the story.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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