written by broadway genius bernadette peters.
it's about a dog named stella who wanted to be a dancing princess pig.
so I was so happy when an aunt from nyc sent one over.
and check it out, it's signed!
not only is this apt for my own little star because of the name...
but i think it poignantly verbalizes my wish for her too...
through the lesson of the book that was conveniently written (and sung) in a song in the end.
listen to bernadette sing it live in a bookstore in nyc while reading the lyrics below.
Don't be afraid to be who you are,
That's what I want to see.
And don't be afraid to reach for the stars,
If you do, that's where I want to be.
Sometimes a heart can close the door,
That's not what you want to do.
Sometimes a heart needs so much more,
Just open it so love can come through.
Don't be afraid to follow your dream,
You have to let it grow.
And don't be afraid to trust who you are,
So you can be the friend you'd like to know.
I need to know that you are there.
You need to know that we all care.
Don't be afraid, we are all near.
Don't be afraid we are all here.. for you.
Don't be afraid, Stella!