While gorgeously illustrated, Eyes That Speak to the Stars is a repeat of the companion book Eyes That Kiss in the Corners also by Joanna Ho and Dung Ho. However, that is not to say it is not as delightful as the first book, but I was looking for something slightly different.
The story starts off with an innocent drawing by a school friend, has our narrator questioning how people see him, and how he sees himself. The picture looks nothing like him. But through the love, interactions between him and his family, and his own thoughts and feelings, our young narrator learns how his eyes can tell many stories of his past, present, and the future. And how he can speak to the stars.
I will say, I am assuming no malice was intended by the drawing, so I will say, how do we draw all our friends in an inclusive manner? I am not being smart, just asking. Do we need to add to our curriculum and actually teach drawing faces and people? Just talking about the subject might be a start, but not necessarily the answer. And that is what I took away from Ho’s picture book, the discussion between child and parent (and then teacher and students) is the start. And that was what I was looking for. I wanted our narrator to speak to his friend about the implication and such. Yes, this is a picture book, but I think it could be done.
With that said, this book is a wonderful book to add to your collection. I will be recommending it and I see big things happening for it!