Monday, May 11, 2020

Read, You Must: I Am A Padawan

It's been a while since we had a look at the Star Wars Little Golden Books. Returning to the Star Wars galaxy in 2015 with adaptations of each of the movies, the classic Little Golden books line has continued and has well over 20 related titles in the past few years!

One running theme looks at all aspects of what it means to be who you are, in the Star Wars galaxy. This inspirational series started with I am a Jedi, I am a Droid, I am a Pilot and even included the bad guys with I am a Sith! Each has the trademark retro style of painted illustrations and simple story usually with a motivational message about being yourself, rising to challenges, helping others, making friends etc.

More recent titles in this series have included I am a Princess, I am a Hero, I am a Wookiee, I am a Stormtrooper, and We Are the Resistance.

The latest addition to this theme is the Clone Wars-focused I am a Padawan, written by Ahsoka Tano herself, Ashley Eckstein! The voice of Ahsoka for The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, Eckstein has previously written the empowering 2018 book It's Your Universe, and is the founder of the Her Universe fangirl fashion line.

This is a rare instance – possibly the first and only instance - where a major Star Wars performer has become a Star Wars author!
The story inside tells of the life of a young Jedi, learning from Masters and Knights alike. Acts of bravery, selflessness and friendship are all here, along with the challenges Ahsoka specifically faced during her Jedi training years. The circle of learning becoming the teacher provides many helpful messages for young readers.

The wonderful illustrations by Shane Clester continue the stylized retro-cartoon look of all the Star Wars Little Golden Books.

Fans of The Clone Wars will especially enjoy this book with many characters like Clone Commander Rex, Barriss Offee, Asajj Ventress, Plo Koon, Cad Bane, Aurra Sing, and many other making surprise appearances in the illustrations. Even young Saw Gerrera makes an appearance, his only one in a Little Golden Book. Rogue One is so far the only Star Wars movie not adapted in this line.

I am a Padawan is full of great little life-lessons and ideals for younglings, and is almost a must-have for ANY fan of The Clone Wars!

Publisher’s Recommendation: Ages 2 - 5 years

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Coming August 2020!

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