The Books

Star Child

by Claire A. Nivola

One Potato Review

What gets off to a breathless (maybe tone-deaf) start – “You are a flame of vapor, invisible and timeless…” – becomes gradually kind of impossible to put down, as all of the motion and sounds, pleasures and fears, joys and disappointments, wonder and forgetfulness add up to Nivola’s “strangely beautiful” world as it might appear to a star child looking across the “empty cold blackness of space….” Brings to mind Mordicai Gerstein’s The Mountains of Tibet. Probably unforgettable for the average five-year-old reader, certainly unforgettable for her parent.