On the Night of the Shooting Star
Walker Books, 2017
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Bunny and Dog live on opposite sides of the fence, both literally and figuratively. Bunny’s house is a blue square and overgrown, Dog’s is a red round and immaculate. Each home reflects who they are in subtle but significant ways and each lifestyle is their own, yet remarkably similar. For years they live side by side, never speaking, valuing their privacy, leading solitary lives but very lonely. Then one clear night while out looking at the stars, they both see a shooting star…
This is a story of opposites, of differences but mostly of friendship. No matter how different from us someone might seem, we should take the opportunity to reach out and connect because the riches and rewards of friendship, even between opposites is worth it. There is scope for predicting why the two have not connected after all this time and how they feel, while also giving the children an opportunity to think about their neighbours and their relationships with them. Perhaps even explore the meaning of this popular advertisement and consider what they could do or say to make someone’s life less lonely.
Gentle, calming and a perfect bedtime story.