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Draw Me a Star

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,247 ratings  ·  150 reviews
"Draw me a star. And the artist drew a star. It was a good star. Draw me a sun, said the star. And the artist drew a sun." And on the artist draws, bringing the world to life picture by beautiful picture until he is spirited across the night sky by a star that shines on all he has made. In "Draw Me a Star," Eric Carle celebrates the imagination in all of us with a beguilin ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published February 2nd 1998 by Puffin Books (first published 1992)
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Steve Holden
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a strange book in the collection of Eric Carle. It's one with some controversy, as it makes lists of "contested books for schools," and even some as a "banned book." It deals with some difficult concepts, ones that are shied away from in dealings in public schools. There are biblical themes, and a picture that has a naked man and woman on it. At the heart of this, is one that includes a message of creativity and creating art.

I rate this one today with regards to a personal connection. I
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a visually stunning book. The text was easy enough for my five-year-old son to read most of it, and, yet, as he read it a simply lovely story unfolded.

Yup, there is a nude couple in this book. Nope, it is not graphic. Yup, my son saw it. Nope, it didn't faze him in the slightest.

Shawn Deal
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Here is a book about an artist and his drawings plus a showing of how to draw your first star. This makes for a superb first art book. Loved it.
Dec 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-board
Not my favorite Eric Carle. There just didn't seem to be much of a plot or story to the book. Beautiful illustrations, as always, and interesting watching the artist grow from a young boy to an old man and how the star he draw as a child was different from the one he drew later. The man and woman without clothes didn't even cross my mind as something anyone would be concerned about until I read other reviews. The illustrations of the man and woman are very basic and not detailed, really nothing ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this at the library, while perusing the banned books display. This is the first time I've heard of and read this beautiful story; I loved it!
Daniel Wilson
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: banned
Great book, 5/5 stars… But this book finds itself on lists of challenged and banned books far too often.

This book is often challenged for two reasons. The first reason is that it contains what some may feel to be a biblical based creation story. “Draw me a star. And the artist drew a star. It was a good star,” Carle writes. The Biblical account of creation has it somewhat the same way, “And God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light… and He called the light ‘good.’” When the artist cre
Rod Brown
Sep 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Banned Book Week 2017. This year I'm reading a few picture books that have been challenged for their content, this one due to its depiction of nude Adam and Eve stand-ins.

I'd never heard of this particular Eric Carle, and having read it, I wish I were still ignorant of its existence. This tedious combination of bible creation story and reflection on creativity makes me curious about only one thing: Is this where Darren Aronofsky got the idea for his mother! movie?
Madeline Clements
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed how this book came full circle. It is on the banned book list for slight nudity, however I think it is something I would still read out loud to a class.
Karmen Smallcombe
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This story is about an artist who draws about life, he draws about a tree, a star, and flowers. However he also draws a naked couple standing by a tree. This book is banned because of the illustration of the "handsome couple." This story could also be considered controversial because of the underlying story of how the Earth was created by God. I would probably not use this book in my future classroom just because of the illustration of the nude couple, other illustrators have painted adam and ev ...more
Catherine Sotir
I liked this book for young children and for students who struggle with reading. It had simple sentences to start and then they became more complex. I would use this book and books like this to support my struggling readers to help develop fluency. I love Eric Carle's books too!
Philippa Smith
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Nice book to introduce drawing. Can create a similar structure in the classroom with one children asking the next child what to draw. Show basic skills can look very effective
Sarah Adamson
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an Eric Carle book, so has a limited storyline but the most amazing illustrations and a way of catching a child (and an adult!). Whether or not he intended it, the book does loosely tell the story of creation but from a very interesting angle. The book tells the story of the artist who draws a star. The star asks him to draw the sun (and lo there was light). The new characters ask the artist to draw various new characters leading to a man and a woman. Yes they're naked. Yes they have app ...more
Sep 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
A parent recently expressed concern about this book to a school librarian somewhere in the US (I can't recall where at the moment). Carle's unique blend of paint and tissue paper that he is know for is used in this book about a child's journey as an artist. One of the images the artist in the story creates is that of a man and a woman. The people are unclothed, and this was the segment of the book that a parent had a problem with. The parent asked if the school art teacher would draw clothing on ...more
Sharlet Mullen
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
This book is not a book I would keep in my classroom because I believe it would be challenged often. The story is a wonderful story of how the world was created. I pictured the many stories out of the bible, including the picture of the man and women (Adam and Eve). This is the one picture that ruined the book for me. These pictures are too explicated and showy of body parts I do not think young children should see in a classroom. Also the star on the front and in the beginning of the book is a ...more
Bethany Vines
Draw Me a Star is a book that includes many topics that might be questionable to teach in a classroom, which is why it is a "challenged book". For example, there are many parallels between this story and biblical stories, such as Adam & Eve, the significance of a rainbow, and the creation of the world. Another issue that is in this book is that there are naked people picture in the book. I don't think that I would teach this book in my classroom, basically because it has some questionable is ...more
Mark Hoffberg
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books-read
Simple and beautiful. Not too much of a story per se for children, but my son has asked for it five times within a day of borrowing from the library.
Reading some of the reviews, I could see how some would pick up a creation story overtone, but that would be pronounced for someone with a Christian/Jewish background. I wouldn't assume this was international though.
The artist is to draw a star, the sun and other beautiful things. Filled with interesting and unique illustrations by Eric Carle, this book is great for bedtime and great for little budding artists.

V @ 6 months old.
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Wow! I had never read this before and thought that I would use it for storytime...then I came to the page with the couple. Nope! Cannot go there! Caregivers would flip out!

Overall, liked the premise but found it to be a bit bossy in tone.
Jun 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
I did not appreciate turning a page to find a nude couple while reading this to my young child.
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
not his best. also the naked people are pretty graphic for a child.
Aylin Altinbasak
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pictures are great! It has been inspiring for Aylin's art stuff!
Mikayla Wollan
Apr 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was interesting. The artist is first told what to draw, so he draws it. After that, the artist is told to draw something by whatever he just drew. The entire book you do not know who is initially telling the artist what to draw. The book ends with the artist flying away with the initial star that was drawn. This book does not have a lot of substance and truly does not make a lot of sense. The words on the pages are commands. The artwork is interesting and colorful, but the storyline do ...more
Mama Bibliosoph
Draw Me a Star always ends up on banned books lists because it has a picture of a (*pearl-clutch*) naked man and woman. But, the book also has religious overtones, so the liberal folks who love banned books aren't as interested in promoting it. The (*pearl-clutch*) naked man and woman are almost certainly Adam and Eve, and the command to the artist to draw a star, which opens the book, comes from an unseen narrator. Once the star is drawn, that narrator declares, "It was a good star." Hello, Gen ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This lovely picture book reminds me that so much beauty can come from simple things – if I only bother to look. From a star to a sun to a tree to people to home and family and gardens and then to the moon and back to a star, life moves ever forward in a full circle.

The illustrations are colorful and bright collages of painted tissue paper that look like they are (for lack of a better word) crudely put together. It is a shame that the main reason this book isn’t read as much as the author’s othe
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-3090-1-10
This short story follows an artist as he is guided in his artistic journey by his very own art. Each piece of art he draws then asks him to draw their own image of a masterpiece. As the artist follows his art, he grows older and uses more techniques and complexity. Throughout his life journey, the artist never forgets the first thing he drew – a star.
The pages of this book are very telling of the message of the story. Each page is covered in the next drawing and each drawin
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: controversial
I have read and seen many Eric Carle books throughout the years, but I had never heard of this one before. This book is challenged mainly because of the image of a naked man and woman, as well as a few possible biblical undertones. I thought this book told a beautiful story and had some amazing illustrations, and I really liked it a lot. As far as the nude men and women controversy, I don't feel as though young children would think any different of this picture or really stand out to them that m ...more
Lauren Carew
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to read this book because this book was written by the same author that wrote The Very Hungry Caterpillar which I personally love, so I was interested to see why this book was challenged/banned. This book was challenged/banned because it shows a nude woman and man. I agree why this book is challenged because even though it is art it does shows body parts that might not be appropriate for a young reader. I think that this book has a unique story, but the one image I think will stir the p ...more
Elizabeth Guzman
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-book
The unique illustrations and theme of the book can be straight away just looking at the cover of the story. This short story is one of an artist. He is called upon to draw a star. After that the object her draws suggest that the artist draw something new. The artist works hard and draws everything that is asked of him. In the end, a beautiful master piece is made.
This book is fairly simple, perfect for beginning readers. The illustrations are also fun to look at, so those younger ones would enj
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
I found this to be a lovely story about creativity and vision and letting your art guide you to greater heights. Not a big fan of the art style, but that's because I'm not a big Eric Carle fan. Still, I liked it.

Content Advisory: Religious undertones, Male and female nudity (anatomically correct, but not in a sexual or overly graphic way. Parents might have concerns, but every kid I've seen reading this hasn't even paused there. If children have ever seen nude adults or siblings at h
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Typical Eric Carle illustrations, but the story line is just boring. I wouldn't use this for story time because there's a non-graphic picture of a naked couple near the beginning. The picture didn't bother me and I would read it to my own kids, but the story isn't good enough to be worth the hassle if a story time parent decides it's offensive.
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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