A Picture Book by Olivia Fu
A beautiful and heart-warming story about a child’s love for a parent and a sense of wonderment about the stars. Elizabeth, a little girl mouse, wants to be a sailor like her father, but she has trouble learning the stars for navigation. Then her mother makes her a quilt of the constellations, and before long Elizabeth uses her new knowledge to find her missing father. This charming story of family love introduces the idea of families looking together at the night sky.
The book provides children an introduction to the concepts of stars being used as navigational aides; star, constellation and navigation lessons may accompany the use of this book in a classroom environment.
We highly recommend this book as a bedtime read-along book for parents and children to enjoy together.
We normally ship our books by USPS Priority, which can take 3-5 business days and offers tracking. Due to the size of this book, we are also offering a media mail option (which usually takes 4-9 days, depending on location), which will save you $7 per copy (and as of May 2015, this option now also includes tracking). If you’d like to take advantage of this option, please use coupon code ECQ-MEDIAMAIL at checkout. Thank you!
Here is a video of the author, Olivia Fu, reading a large excerpt of the book, along with pictures:
JUVENILE FICTION – AGE 4-7
32 PAGES, 9 X 7
FORMAT: HARDCOVER PICTURE BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: JUNE 2015
Midwest Book Review, Children’s Bookwatch, June, 2015:
“Elizabeth’s Constellation Quilt offers an engaging picture book about a little mouse who worries that she can never be a sailor because she can’t remember the stars – and thus, can’t navigate.
Her mother’s solution is to make Elizabeth a ‘constellation quilt’ so she can live her dreams – and so an engaging story of a little mouse who “” wanted to be a sailor, just like her father”" emerges to offer something different to parents who read aloud and kids who like warm, different stories.
Elizabeth’s Constellation Quilt excels in both illustration and story line: a special feature because the author is both writer and illustrator, here. The engaging little mouse drawings are perfect accents to this story of a mouse who perceives the stars as “”all the same, “”and who steps up to the plate when her father is seemingly lost at sea.
It turns out that Elizabeth’s greatest liability will become her only asset in finding her father, holding a gentle conclusion that, while not entirely unexpected, is still warm and involving.
Parents looking for a special read-aloud bedtime story won’t want to pass by this tale: it chronicles the courage of a young mouse who isn’t afraid to dream or tackle life’s challenges.”
Readers Favorite 5-Star Review/Award:
Elizabeth’s Constellation Quilt is a delightful picture pop-up for small children. Olivia Fu has written wonderfully, introducing a loving family of mice in a plot that is educational too. Elizabeth is adorable and brave in her quest to find her father, and I admire her determination. The author shows in a subtle and creative format how children can learn new things while having fun. She has displayed her artistic side with the magnificently coloured illustrations that enhance the story. Olivia Fu will win the hearts of young readers with her entertaining book.
A mouse embarks on a remarkable journey to find her father who’s lost at sea in this heartwarming story of love and stars. The adorable, emotive illustrations, like a movie storyboard, perfectly follow the arc of the tale, in which the plot points connect like stars in a constellation. Children with military parents overseas will especially relate to—and find hope in—little Elizabeth’s determination and unwillingness to give up.
Olivia Fu is a painter, illustrator, and Teaching Artist. She earned her BFA in painting from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She currently teaches mural painting for nonprofit public art organization, Groundswell and New York history through art for the New York Historical Society Museum. She has taught grades K-12 and is deeply committed to developing accessible and engaging lessons, whether that be in a gallery or classroom setting. In the past, Fu’s mission as an artist was advocacy. Her paintings focused on historical and current events that were personally significant to her, however her experiences teaching have affected her artistic process. While she continues her passion for raising awareness in her murals, she is currently breaking into the field of children’s book writing and illustration. Fu uses storytelling when teaching and believes that stories incite meaningful experiences. She is interested in communicating larger themes and life lessons for a younger audience, in her children’s books.
Sample Artwork From the Book