About the Book: BaBayan and theMagic Star Many fierce monsters have roamed the hills and valleys of the far north, but none as fierce as Babayan So begins the adventures of Babayan, the wild beast with a mighty roar whom all the villagers of the far north dread. But what happens when he is magically lifted from the world he knows and finds himself dangling from a star? Alone in the night sky, Babayan meets his guide and protector, the Queen of the Stars, who sends him to the enchanted kingdom of Shayma Bayma, where animals live together in harmony. There, in the lush tropical forests, Babayan is transformed as he encounters many fantastic creatures and makes new friends. Yet the call of the Wild Islands, where creatures still feed on one another, continues to stir his inner beast. Until he journeys across the Great Sea and faces his past About the Author: KiKu Adatto KiKu Adatto was born in Yokohama, Japan, and grew up in the United States and Europe with her parents, brother and sisters. Every night her father, an immigrant from Turkey, told stories that blended East and West. She continued this tradition, and Babayan grew out of the bedtime stories she told her two sons when they were young. With Babayan and the Magic Star she seeks to revive the oral storytelling tradition by encouraging children to interpret, retell and continue the story in their own voice and adapt it to their local cultures and traditions. She hopes to inspire children to see storytelling as part of discovering and transforming the world. An award-winning teacher at Harvard University, Kiku is a noted author, scholar and commentator on art, popular culture and civic life. She is married to political philosopher Michael Sandel.