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First Star

A Bear and Mole Story

Will Hillenbrand


List Price: 8.99*
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Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (5/1/2018)


Best friends Bear and Mole can't wait to go camping and sleep under the stars--but Mole worries, what if they get lost in the dark?

Rolling up sleeping bags, picking fresh berries, and climb-climb-climbing, the two buddies are having a great time hiking to Camp Tiptop. They especially can't wait to watch the sunset. But Mole soon realizes that when the sun goes down. . .it will be dark. What if they get lost?

Seeing Mole nervous, Bear decides to tell his friend the legend of a special star--the First Star--that will always help them find their way.

Featuring the popular characters and cozy illustrations of Will Hillenbrand's other Bear and Mole adventures, including Off We Go!, Spring is Here, and All For a Dime!, First Star is a perfect bedtime book, an ode to friendship, and a gentle reminder that no matter how dark it gets, your loved ones will always help you find your way.

A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

Praise For First Star: A Bear and Mole Story

"First Star is a beautiful celebration of friendship, storytelling and the magic of a starry night."—Shelf Awareness

"A calming, nighttime addition to this adored duo’s series."—Kirkus Reviews

"Hillenbrand offers a tender depiction of two friends on an adventure that is almost—but not quite—scary with a story within a story that will stir readers’ imaginations."—Publishers Weekly

"Playful and lovely. Parents and caregivers will appreciate the book’s message to children afraid of the dark."—School Library Journal

Holiday House, 9780823446711, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 9, 2020

About the Author

Will Hillenbrand has written and illustrated a wide range of picture books for children, including the popular Bear and Mole series. Spring Is Here won the Please Touch Museum Book Award. What a Treasure!, a Pennsylvania One Book, was written with his spouse Jane Hillenbrand. Will lives in Ohio, and is the Illustrator and Author in Residence at Kent State University. Find him at