My Friend, the Starfinder

My Friend, the Starfinder


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My Friend, the Starfinder by George Ella Lyon, Stephen Gammell

a little girl listens
to her old neighbor's story
of following a falling star
when he was a boy.

He found it, too.
He put it in her hands.

But that's not all
the starfinder has to tell.

One day something
found him.

It's a story
too good to keep.

See for yourself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416927389
Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Publication date: 02/05/2008
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 805,503
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

George Ella Lyon is the author of Trucks Roll! and Planes Fly! Now, Boats Float!, cowritten with her son Benn, adds a new mode of transport to this travel series. Among George Ella’s other books are the ALA Notable All the Water in the World and What Forest Knows. A novelist and poet, she lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit her online at

Stephen Gammell is the beloved illustrator of more than fifty books for children, including Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman, which received the Caldecott Medal, and two Caldecott Honor Books: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker, and The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate Our School by Judy Sierra. Mr. Gammell lives with his wife, Linda, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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My Friend, the Starfinder 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Not only is this imaginative story a reminder of the wonders of our universe but perhaps most importantly it's the story of a friendship between a small girl and an elderly man. Thus, it is a reminder of what one generation can learn from another and a picture of the unique warmth of their camaraderie. George Ella Lyon has dedicated this book to the memory of George Dean, the real life starfinder who once lived across the street in a house Lyon's grandfather had built. Just as he's shown in Stephen Gammell's arresting full page watercolor illustrations the author describes him as 'tall, thin, kind, and bespectacled.' While his appearance seems ordinary, his experiences were most extraordinary and when he tells about them you believe him - almost. This is a delightful tale that will not only pique the interest of young readers but also raise questions which may result in fruitful conversations between parent and child. - Gail Cooke