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Wednesday 22 May 2024

Review: Count The Stars

From two award-winning creatives comes the story, Count the Stars, an inspiring picture book that shows readers how the world around us is filled with the wonderment of mathematics. 

Through its captivating narrative and stunning illustrations, the book tells the story of Maddie, a curious, maths-loving girl, who leans into her passion and yearns to find a friend to share her worldview with.

Raewyn Caisley’s writing reflects her warmth and insight, allowing her love of mathematics to shine through. 

From parallel lines formed from the shadows of Maddie’s bedroom blind, to symmetry in flowers and tessellations in paving, Caisley reminds us how to see the mathematics that’s all around us. Further, she has layered in themes of friendship and the need for connection helping to ensure narrative takes centre stage. Caisley is the author of many books including, Rocky and Louie, Something Wonderful, Hello From Nowhere.

Gabriel Evans’s watercolour illustrations are a whimsical exploration of the beauty and magic of mathematics. The illustrations bolster and enrich Caisley’s portrayal of Maddie. Not only are the illustrations a visual experience but they are felt as well. The starry end papers even incorporate a mathematics glossary. Evans’s many books include, A Friend for George, Norton and the Bear, Ollie and Augustus.

Count the Stars is an insightful, STEM-themed picture book, fostering a sense of curiosity. With multiple points of discussion, including mathematical concepts, feeling alone, friendship and following your curiosity, Count the Stars would enhance any child’s or classroom library. In addition, there are teachers’ notes here. Count the Stars will leave a lasting impression long after the last page is turned.

Title: Count the Stars
Author: Raewyn Caisley
Illustrator: Gabriel Evans
Publisher: Walker Books Australia, $25.99
Publication Date: 1 August 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760653552
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book