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Pamela PaulDoes anyone illustrate the facial expressions, postures and movements of children with the same gloriously authentic exuberance as Marla Frazee?
—The New York Times Book Review
—People Magazine, December 19, 2011
A poetic paean to stars both real and metaphorical brings the heavenly down to readers without robbing it of mystery.
Calmly and directly, Ray addresses the reader in this gentle, somnolent narrative. "A star is how you know it's night. / As soon as you see one, there's another, and another. / And the dark that comes doesn't feel as dark." Like a lulling tide, the text moves easily between grounded practical advice ("...[Y]ou can draw a star on / shiny paper and cut around it. / Then you can put it in your pocket") and naturalistic metaphor: "Blow a ball of dandelion and you blow / a thousand stars into the sky." Frazee excels at illustrating textual details in fresh ways, keeping young children engaged and curious. In a spread attesting that stars are there, even if they sometimes can't be seen, the artist depicts—low and dwarfed on the picture plane—a long row of people viewing spectacular fireworks. Her pictures ebb and flow with the text, alternating charming spots of self-possessed, spirited youngsters with ink-black or gloriously blue, starry heavens inviting dreamy meditation.
Ideal for bedtime, this will shine on through repeat readings. (Picture book. 3-7)
Posted October 5, 2011
I was looking for a book about stars to read in class for my daughter's fifth birthday, and was so happy to find this book. It's very sweet and simple, but the messages are profound. For a group of five year olds, the subtle references to feelings truly resonate. The artwork is beautiful and encourages children to look for stars in everyday life. This book would make a lovely gift for a birthday or holiday.
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Posted November 19, 2013
The best part of this story was when my son made me a star to take to work on a day when I had a big presentation to give. It obviously meant a lot to him, and he was able to understand the underlying hope that the story communicates.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 31, 2012
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray
32 pages for children. I listened to the audio version but can imagine it's illustrated and colorful.
Stars are in many places: at the end of a wand or in your pocket.
Look up and wonder... Star make the sky not so dark. You can make your own stars and give them to friends and
make sure to save one for yourself..Different color stars also for some holidays and seasons.
Posted November 16, 2011
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