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

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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