Perfect Picture Book Friday: SOPHIE AND LITTLE STAR Plus PB Manuscript Critique Giveaway

Did you know that my 5-year old granddaughter’s name is Sophie? She’s a ball of fun and energy…and she LOVES books and hearing stories and having the mailman deliver envelopes with her name on them. And so, when one of my dear friends and critique buddies, Amber Hendricks, wrote a story called Sophie and Little Star and it got published, I knew I’d be getting a copy for her. And of course, sharing it with all of you for Perfect Picture Book Friday!

And guess what? This talented and generous author is gifting some lucky reader with a Picture Book Manuscript Critique…yes! Just make sure you leave a comment and you will be entered into the giveaway.



Written by Amber Hendricks

Illustrated by Raissa Figueroa

Published by Clear Fork/Spork (2018)

Ages: 3-8

Themes: Friendship, helping one another, determination

Opening lines: 

“Every night, when the sun had set and the stars gathered in the heavens to shine their light on the world, Little Star watched, wishing she could join.”


“Sophie and Little Star is a delightfully charming tale about friendship and finding where we belong. A wonderful bedtime treat!” -Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles

When a little star falls from her home in the sky, she finds help from an unexpected friend. Together, the new friends search for a way to send Little Star home, but soon discover that not everyone you meet is kind, or helpful. Little Star begins to wonder if she’ll ever find a way home, and if she does, will she be able to leave her new friend, Sophie, behind?”

Why I like this book:

  • I love stories about friendship, especially those with a bit of pixie dust and magic woven in.
  • I love stories where the main character shows determination – and this one is a mighty girl who just isn’t going to give up until she helps her new friend, Little Star.
  • The illustrations are beautiful and Raissa captures the dreamy night-time feel throughout the pages.
  • I love sweet bedtime stories and so do kids!


Star-Crafts-for-Kids-10-Ideas-433x650Photo courtesy:

STAR PROJECTS FOR KIDS: For detailed instructions, please go to:

Bundle up and go out in the evening to look up at the stars. Get a book for kids on the constellations and see how many you can identify. Check you library for Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky by Michael Driscoll.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please make sure you leave a comment to enter the giveaway…and come back tomorrow when Amber visits Picture Books Help Kids Soar and shares her writing journey and a very special No-Bake cookie recipe from her mom.

This post joins all the others on Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday link up where bloggers review their favorite picture books.

And please don’t forget that our favorite authors need our help to spread the word about their books. BUY THEM! REVIEW THEM! TELL OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT THEM!




About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on October 19, 2018, in Craft Activity for Kids, GIVEAWAYS, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. I just came back from an evening of stargazing. Looks like a wonderful story. Congratulations Amber and Raissa!


  2. Thanks for the review Vivian. This sounds like a sweet, friendship story.

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  3. This looks adorable and I love a friendship story. Congratulations Amber and Raissa and thank you for the post, Vivian!

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  4. What a great friendship story. Thank you Vivian!

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  5. Very cute! Stars are one of the first shapes littles love learning, so I’m sure they will enjoy this book! Thanks for sharing with us!


  6. This book looks magical. Can’t wait to read it!

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  7. What a fun book about friendship and star gazing for you granddaughter and other kids. Great activities.

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  8. Sadness, this book isn’t available at my library. I’ll do some sleuthing to find this gem you shared so I can sit back and enjoy reading all about Sophie and Little Star.

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  9. Sweet story & I always love that your titles are paired with activities.
    I also wonder if Neil Gaiman (author of ‘Stardust’) has a copy for his family. I’m guessing he’d enjoy the gentle overlaps of theme/plot. (He’s also a great sharer-of-ideas-he-likes if anyone’s seeking a PR boost…)

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    • Isn’t Vivian amazing? 🙂 I never would have thought to share my little story with Neil Gaiman. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading Stardust yet, but I’m sure it’s great. Thank you for the suggestion!


  10. I’m not entering the giveaway because I’m not an aspiring children’s author 🙂 but I would like to say that I like the looks of this lovely book. And I think my little granddaughter, Ivy, would like it too ! Hmm…could be a Christmas gift 🙂

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  11. What a beautiful concept for a story! I love it! I think that Clear Fork/Sport needs to be on the SFPL’s radar, so they can start ordering their books. I’ll suggest this title. And congrats to Amber!!

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  13. I love stories with a bit of pixie dust and magic, too 🙂 Thank you, Vivian, for sharing a heartfelt, imaginative book. Congrats Amber and Raissa!

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  14. Amber is my niece and I know when I get my copy, I will be reading it to all the children where I work. I can’t wait!!

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  15. This looks adorable. You can tell from the cover that it is full of heart.

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  16. Vasilia Graboski

    Sophie and Little Star looks amazing! Can’t wait to read it!!!

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  17. I agree, nothing like a little pixie dust & magic. Wish it worked outside of stories! Great craft ideas. Glad you highlighted this special book.

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  18. This looks like a lovely story with fabulous illustrations! Congratulations to Amber and Raissa and thank you Vivian – I always enjoy your blog!

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  19. This sounds like a lovely bedtime book!

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  20. Wow–this story looks absolutely magnificently dreamy! Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity of a MS critique giveaway.


  21. This sounds like a very sweet story and I just love the cover illustration. I’m definitely looking out for this one. Great activities as always Vivian. Congratulations Amber on your new book.


  22. This sounds like a great bedtime read with fantastic illustrations. Can’t wait to read it!

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  23. This looks absolutely adorable. I can’t wait to find it.

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  24. I am definitely gonna read this one! I remember a book from when I was a child, about a little star. I loved that book so much it fell apart. So – looking forward to meeting a new little star!


  25. I used to wish upon a star.


  26. I can’t wait to grab this adorable little sparkly gem! The cover alone feels magical!


  27. I love sweet friendship stories, especially when they include a bit of magic! Thanks for sharing this one!


  28. Love the cover. Looks like a great book.


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