Friday, February 23, 2018

Wee Reads: Shine by Patrick McDonnell

Ever since Finn was born, and even before then, we would read to him. We wanted to show him reading from an early age. Now he loves us to read the same books, over, and over, and over. But it is the sweetest thing, when he likes to pick out a book and climb into our laps. 

What Finn Reads....  
Shine by Patrick McDonnell


Hoshi the sea star looks up in the sky and sees the stars shining. She wishes that she too could be in the sky amongst the brilliant stars--and as she imagines how much better it would be up in the air, she fails to appreciate the beautiful world that surrounds her underwater. It takes Hoshi's friends, old and new, to help her realize that her shine comes from within.

What Finn Thinks...
Do you like this book?
Yeah, but not really, because the starfish was sad he didn't shine in the water.

What's your favorite part of the book?
Nothin, I didn't really like that book.

What do you think of the cover?

don't like stars..

Do you want me to read it again?

No, not ever.

What Momma Thinks... 
Finn didn't really care for this book, it doesn't have a lot of bright colors, and I think it might be a little slow and over his head, for a kiddo his age. Momma, however, really enjoyed this book. The colors and the art are beautiful. The story is really great, I love how it teaches them to be happy no matter where they are, and how amazing and beautiful everything is around them. It teaches them to look inside to be happy, and to be happy with who you are, not sad because of who you aren't.

Similar Books..
Happy DreamerNot Quite NarwhalSilly Wonderful You

Patrick McDonnellIn 2005, McDonnell embarked on a children's book career. His first children’s book, which featured the MUTTS characters, The Gift of Nothing, quickly became a New York Times bestseller. Art (2006), his second release, told the story of a boy named Art who makes art. His next release, Just Like Heaven (2006), heralding the joys of simple blessings, was hailed in a starred review by Kirkus as 'a meditation on the true nature of miracles'. In 2007. McDonnell again returned to the New York Times bestseller list with Hug Time, featuring a kitten named Jules who goes around the world hugging endangered species. His fifth children’s book, South, was released in 2008.
McDonnell’s website,, promotes his animal and earth friendly philosophy. Consistent with McDonnell’s concern for the environment, all of the MUTTS books are printed on recycled paper. He and his wife Karen O’Connell are vegetarian and happily reside with their formerly feral cat MeeMow.

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