Eyes that Speak to the Stars is written by Joanna Ho and illustrated by Dung Ho.
A young Asian boy notices that his eyes look different from his peers’ after seeing his friend’s drawing of them. After talking to his father, the boy realizes that his eyes rise to the skies and speak to the stars, shine like sunlit rays, and glimpse trails of light from those who came before in fact, his eyes are like his father’s, his agong’s, and his little brother’s, and they are visionary.
Inspired by the men in his family, he recognizes his own power and strength from within. This extraordinary picture book redefines what it means to be truly you.
This book is stunningly illustrated by Dung Ho and I love that the dedication page is illustrated.
There is such a positive message to this book surrounding confidence and being proud of your heritage. I love that after being drawn to his differences to his classmates and being upset, the positive guidance and love from his father and grandfather builds his confidence.
There is such a great inclusion of culture and teaches an important lesson of holding firm, confident and looking towards the future.