July 9, 2020


How the Stars Came to Be by Poonam Mistry tells the magical story of why we have stars in our sky.

Many years ago, the only light in the world came from either the Sun or the Moon, and the fisherman's daughter loved to dance in their light. But every month, for a few nights at a time, the moon disappears and the daughter worries about her father, fearful that he's alone in the darkness and unable to find his way home. When the Sun finds the girl crying with worry one day, the Sun comes up with a solution to help her harness her fear and take action by having her place stars in the sky.

The edge-to-edge illustrations are stunning, sprinkled with so many different textures, patterns, and shades of blue and gold that every image pops right off the page. Mistry never lets up on the intensity either, with each new spread washing over readers like an ocean wave: pulling back at the overwhelming amount of imagery on the page, pushing forward as we experience the visuals and interpret them. To top it all off, the cover of the book is covered in gold foiling and spot gloss to give it an extra sparkle.

How the Stars Came to Be published earlier this year from Tate Publishing UK. You can also read an interview I did a couple of years ago with Poonam about her illustration process here

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