Exam: Star Trek: The Girl Who Made the Stars picture book
Think back to what seems like a decade ago – 2019 – and you might remember how two anime Star Trek: Short Hikes created simultaneously: “Ephraim and Dot” and “The Girl Who Made the Stars”. The latter was an eight-minute, computer-generated children’s tale about an African legend that we believe “…is sure to inspire young and old alike – great use for star trek if there ever was one. Now this tale is being adapted as a picture book, aiming to expose children to the story’s message through a medium that responds to their sense of wonder. So, does this book – adapted by star trek expert Robb Pearlmanwho has already written The Book of Grudge – deserve a place in your children’s library?
Sure! It’s a great story with a great message, and you don’t have to be a star trek fan to recognize its value. In fact, we said the episode’s plot “…could stand on its own and be perfectly relevant to fans and non-fans alike. It’s a great achievement. applies to this picture book. What’s inside the front and back cover is essentially what you’d expect: a faithful retelling of the episode’s plot, with plenty of room for still images straight from the screen that remind us of the lovely computer-generated animation of the entry (more on that in a moment.) The amount of text on each page isn’t too heavy for users either. young readers, so this book can easily be read in one sitting at bedtime.
A few notes we had on this book relate to image quality – an important facet of any picture book. Namely, we want images to be brighter and sharper. Regarding the brightness, it seems to be an inescapable problem, since the Short hike the episode featured a fairly dark color scheme. But seeing images of the episode on a physical page versus watching the episode on a decent TV really highlights the muted coloring of the book. Yes, there are splashes of color where there should be, but just be aware that many of the images in this book may not impress as much as its moving counterpart.
As for the sharpness of the imagery, it looks like there’s a softening effect applied to the visuals here, giving all of these images a decidedly smooth quality. Perhaps it’s because various images in the episode – which were rendered at a specific resolution – had to be cropped, cropped, and otherwise manipulated to fit the pages of the book, reducing visual fidelity? It’s not like there’s any blurring of the episode’s screenshots, but if you’ve got your eye on visual clarity, you might notice the lack of detail on some pages.
Despite these criticisms, The girl who created the stars offers another chance for children and their families to absorb the precious message this story presents: tap into your inner strength and be true to yourself. Sounds like a good bedtime story.
Star Trek: The Girl Who Made the Stars can be bought now Amazon.
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