When Noah’s Daddy is rushed to hospital the little boy is sent to stay with his grandmother. Naturally he is scared and confused but he finds comfort in an old lamp which has been placed in his bedroom. Shaped like a baby bird, the lamp emits a warm and soothing light and Granny lets slip that she thinks it might have magical properties.
Later that night Noah finds himself unable to sleep. He tosses and turns, worrying about his Dad, until something wonderful happens. The glowing bird leaps from its perch and flutters over to the bed. She introduces herself as the Starbird and gently talks to him until he feels calmer. She offers up a glowing feather to help him feel brave and Noah starts to feel a little better.
Over the next few days Granny and the Starbird lift Noah’s spirits and help him cope with the uncertainty over his Dad’s health. I won’t spoil the ending but the story culminates in a truly magical night which sees Noah and the Starbird soar through the skies to place the shimmering feather under his Dad’s hospital pillow.
This is a beautiful story filled with hope and love. The illustrations are warm and welcoming and I love the portrayal of the relationship between grandparent and grandchild.
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