Stars
Stars
Mary Lyn Ray, illus. by Marla Frazee
ISBN 9781442422490
Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster, 2011.
5 stars
Keywords: friendship mary-lyn-ray nature seasons stars wonder

Stars
by Mary Lyn Ray, illus. by Marla Frazee

For boys and girls of all ages, this poetic picture book celebrates stars in all their forms.

A boy walking his dog pauses to gaze at the first star of the evening: "A star is how you know it's almost night." Another boy cuts out a star from shiny paper: "Having a star in your pocket is like having your best rock in your pocket, but different." Ray (Basket Moon) evokes a childlike tone while seamlessly weaving into the text internal rhymes and a rhythm tailor-made for reading aloud. Frazee, as she did with her Caldecott Honor artwork for All the World, invents a visual narrative that establishes an emotional life for the child characters. The boy who makes the shiny star, for instance, gives it to a girl several pages later. We see her reach for it on a day when she doesn't "feel shiny." This will put a smile on everybody's face, no matter their mood.

This review first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers.

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