Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle was our book of the month for December. Our Theme is Stars which we found suitable for this time of the year, we hope you agree. We will be sharing Sandie’s film later today but until them, find out a little more about one of Eric Carl’s lesser known books.…/draw-me-a-star-1992/

Picturebook as object
Front and back covers: Compare the stars and investigate the different stars
Dedication: There is a short dedication to Carle’s father with birth and death dates.
Title page: The same child as on the front cover beginning to draw a star. It is a nice flow from front cover to first opening, where the child continues drawing the star and starts to grow as well.
Post-script: A letter to the reader about the origins of the story – nice to share and learn the nonsense poem as they draw the star.

Teacher education
Looking at the work and life of Eric Carle in order to make a conscious decision about controversial aspects surrounding this book.


Art and creativity literacy: Setting up a cumulative effect in the classroom with one child telling the next child what to draw.
Using rhyming instructions to learn how to draw an 8 pointed star and developing fine motor skills and coordination.
Chanting rhyme while tracing the star with a finger or drawing  the star without lifting the pencil from the paper.
Cutting out own paper stars and creating a class collage.
Visual literacy: Noticing the use of colours and techniques used in each picture and how each drawing is connected to the previous drawing and how each drawing grows from the last.
PersonalisingHow would you draw the world?; In which pictures would you draw yourself?; How would you feel travelling across the night sky on a star?

Additional Suggestions

1. Dasher written and illustrated by Matt Tavares

“Dasher is a brave little reindeer with a wish in her heart. She spends her days with her family under the hot sun in a traveling circus, but she longs for a different life – one in which her hooves tread in soft, cold snow under the glow of the North Star.”

The North Star represents home and freedom for this family of reindeer, and one day, Dasher seizes the opportunity to escape. The illustrations are rather spectacular in the way they express light, mood and feelings and transport the reader and listener to a different world. I am attaching the link to an activity kit which includes a range of activities – many activities centre on following your heart, helping others and being brave. You could also add create a class-project on the North Star.

So have a look, perhaps something of interest for your PELT lessons. Matt Tavares

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2. Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

This story is about a Fox who lives in a forest. Star is Fox’s only friend and guides Fox through the forest at night. But one night Star disappears and Fox is all alone in the dark forest. Fox travels through the forest to try and find Star and embarks on a journey of discovery and courage. It’s the most incredibly illustrated picturebook.

Puffin / Penguin School have published a resource pack which we have download for you. Lots of art-based activities, have a look.