The Tiny Star (Hardcover)

The Tiny Star By Mem Fox, Freya Blackwood (Illustrator) Cover Image

The Tiny Star (Hardcover)

By Mem Fox, Freya Blackwood (Illustrator)


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A beautiful and gentle story about life and death from beloved author Mem Fox, illustrated by rising star Freya Blackwood; its star imagery, and sense of rebirth make it a perfect choice for the holiday season.

In this touching and timeless story, a star falls to earth where it becomes a baby and is embraced and cared for by the community. Renowned author Mem Fox's tender text about the journey of life is beautifully rendered by Freya Blackwood whose luminous illustrations capture the warmth and complexity of growing up. This a unique and moving story to be cherished by all ages and shared for generations to come.

"Mem Fox's books are like a warm blanket; they have a way of making the world seem a little cosier." --Sunday Age (Australia)
Mem Fox is an educator and international literacy expert, and has written nearly forty books including Possum Magic, which has sold over three million copies, Hello Baby!, Baby Bedtime, I'm an Immigrant Too, and the bestselling modern classics Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Time for Bed. She is also the author of the adult book Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. Mem lives with her family in Adelaide, Australia. Visit her online at

Freya Blackwood fell in love with illustrating books as a child while growing up in New South Wales, Australia. She is the illustrator of many acclaimed picture books published throughout the world, including My Two Blankets, Baby Day, and Harry and Hopper for which she won the Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in New South Wales with her daughter. Visit her online at
Product Details ISBN: 9780593304013
ISBN-10: 0593304012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 16th, 2021
Pages: 40
Language: English

“Every reader needs this transformation and empowering life story. It will help children and adults celebrate life at all its stages and cherish the memories of those we love always. From the endpapers to the conclusion, Fox and Blackwood craft a powerful story of life, love, and belonging.” —School Library Journal, starred review

"A book that shows how love can draw people closer as individuals and as a community." —Publishers Weekly

"Fox’s words whisper straight to one’s heart while Blackwood’s characteristically warm, smudgy illustrations exude warmth. A true sense of community is found within; neighbors gather, animals flock together. Blackwood and Fox embrace growth and love." —Kirkus