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The Gingerbread Star

Written by Anne Fine

Illustrated by Vicki Gausden

Part of the Little Gems Series

Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers General Fiction

LoveReading View on The Gingerbread Star

One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2015 - Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 5+

Hetty, a little grey earthworm, is spellbound when she sees a glow-worm. She longs to have a glowing little light in her body too so that she can light the way home, or find lost things in dark corners, or read all night under the bedclothes. Her parents explain it’s impossible and console her with cuddles and gingerbread stars, but Hetty is determined and, thanks to a somewhat distracted wizard, gets her glow. Anne Fine has created a lovely little fairy tale with a resolute hero, rewarded for her hard work and honesty. Perfect bedtime reading, made even more special thanks to its glow-in-the-dark cover!

Andrea Reece

Other Info

About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities.  Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page.  They are perfect for 5-8's and with a reading age of 6+, these quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.  They are also suited to children of 7-10, reading below this level and to dyslexic or reluctant readers.

The Gingerbread Star Synopsis

Little Hetty dreams of being a glow-worm instead of a boring old grey worm. She wants a light of her own so she can glow and light up the dark places. All the better to read after lights-out! So off Hetty sets, determined to get a glow of her very own. But will any of the people who live in the forest actually be able to help her achieve her dream?

High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 5+

The Gingerbread Star Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read their full reviews.

  • Hermione Chaytors, age 6 - 'Hermione was able to read the book all by herself as the layout is very child friendly. This is her first Anne Fine book but I’m sure it will not be the last!'
  • Enora Hauduc, age 6  - 'I loved the pictures in this book. It is an encouraging story for children. I recommend this book for children who like magical and adventurous tales!'
  • Ruth - 'A superb size for little hands...This has everything we want in a magical tale, a queen, a wizard and his cat, gingerbread stars and a strong heroine in Hetty.'
  • Tockington Manor School, Year 2 - 'We like Anne Fine and this story is quite different from other books we have read by her. If you like familiar stories about funny creatures doing incredible things, then you will like this.'

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ISBN: 9781781124994
Publication date: 15/07/2015
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781124994
Publication date: 15th July 2015
Author: Anne Fine
Illustrator: Vicki Gausden
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 104 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About Anne Fine

Anne Fine was our Guest Editor in July 2011. Click here to see the books she selected. Anne Fine was born and educated in the Midlands and now lives in County Durham. She has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults. Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal and was adapted for television by the BBC; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize, and ...

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