Necklace of Stars


32 pages
Contains Illustrations
ISBN 0-7737-2967-4
DDC jC813'.54




Illustrations by Veronika Martenova Charles
Reviewed by John Walker

John Walker is a professor of Spanish studies at Queen’s University.


Historical facts, Native myths, geographical wonders, natural phenomena,
and personal dreams are skilfully blended in this enchanting tale of an
indigenous way of life, a curious boy’s adventure, and a community’s
efforts to live in harmony with its surroundings. Miguel the daydreamer
is anxious to know the story of his forefathers and the hidden city
beyond the mountain. Confronted with the magic and mystery of the Andes,
with green lakes and hidden treasures, and with beautiful princesses and
reachable stars, he must make a choice between the magical world of
giants on the shore of Lake Emerald and the safety and security of his
own world.

Miguel’s dilemma is wonderfully captured in this intriguing and
beautifully illustrated mix of fact and fiction. Highly recommended.


Charles, Veronika Martenova., “Necklace of Stars,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 16, 2024,