Book of the Week: Stars

May 6, 2013

Stars by Mary Lynn Ray and Marla Frazee

Images and text by Carter.

One of my favorite things about picture books is how they capture raw emotion in the span of so few pages. And oh, how different the tones can be! Last week we saw the catastrophic and zany The Runaway Dinner, and today’s is tender, thoughtful, and still. Stars, by Mary Lynn Ray and Marla Frazee, lyrically celebrates that far away point of light. The evocative nighttime pictures are balanced by wiggly kids, taping stars on sticks to make magic wands. And the words! “But stars that come with night — for those you have to wait for night. You need some dark to see them.”

This is one to gaze at — much like the book’s subject itself. Do you have any other evocative, poem-like favorites?

P.S. – Gabrielle featured the author of another Marla Frazee book, All The World, here. And she’s the illustrator of the Clementine series – Do you know those? Fantastic chapter books for older readers! Clementine is a modern day version of the sparkling Ramona Quimby and Pippi Longstocking. 

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1 Christy@SweetandSavoring May 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

What a beautiful book! I can’t wait until my friend’s baby is old enough to sit and read books like this together :)


2 Dee Wilcox May 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

This one looks lovely! I enjoyed reading the Liz Garton Scanlon interview, too. My daughter is at an age where she really enjoys these types of books. We’ll have to look for this one. :)


3 Amanda May 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm

We love this book! I started with Frazee’s other book, All the World, which is equally as beautiful. Another poem-like favorite in this house is Apricot ABC by Miska Miles. I’m not sure if it’s in print anymore, but our copy has survived my childhood and is now read for my daughter often.


4 Carter Higgins May 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Thanks, Amanda…great suggestion, I’ll keep an eye out for it!


5 Amy Hackworth May 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Carter, that’s one of my favorite things about picture books, too. Amazing that picture books can have such a range of emotion, tone, and art. This one looks like a beauty!


6 Carter Higgins May 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Thanks, Amy! Kindreds. Mac Barnett calls them ‘portable performances.’ Love that.


7 Keia May 8, 2013 at 8:59 am

Hey Gabrielle, I hope you and the family have been well.

Thanks for this recommendation.
I read to my son a few time throughout the week before bedtime.
Part of me is annoyed that we have so many library books out and can never get through them…b.k.a we end up paying fines at times.
The other part of me has just been looking to update my sons library of books. To say the least, thank you. I think this book would be a great addition.


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