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You can draw a star on shiny paper and cut around it.

Then you can put it in your pocket.

Mary Lyn Ray celebrates all the different aspects of stars, from stars that sparkle in the night sky to the ones that shine within each and every one of us. And Marla Frazee brings the joy of stars to life with her signature breathtaking art.

The Star Book is sure to be a treasured read by stars of all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442422490
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 304,910
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Mary Lyn Ray is a conservationist and author of several picture books for children. Ray's texts are often praised for their lyricism and emotional depth, and in her works she frequently focuses on humankind's relationship with nature. Among her critically acclaimed titles are Christmas Farm, Pumpkins, Shaker Boy, and Welcome, Brown Bird.

Marla Frazee has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, which received a 2010 Caldecott Honor, Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox, as well as her own The Boss Baby, Walk On!, Roller Coaster, and Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, which received a 2009 Caldecott Honor. She is also the illustrator of the bestselling Clementine chapter book series by Sara Pennypacker. She lives with her family in Pasadena, California. Visit her at

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Stars 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Nora_W_K More than 1 year ago
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.
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stars is a prose piece about the different stars there are in a child's life. The stars in the sky, stars of plants, stars you earn for doing a good job, and so on. A recurring message keeps posed to keep a star in your pocket to pull out whenever you're having a bad day. A very sweet story. It can be good for young children, all the way up to upper elementary. The illustrations are great too.
Juana7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enchanting illustrations capture the wonder of children as they encounter the magic of stars found everywhere in life. The end papers add to the charm of this beautiful book. Some of the illustrations are works of art. It's truly delightful, but I think it is best shared alone or shared as a read-aloud between parent and child. I read it as a read-aloud in a Kinder class and it didn't work like I thought it would. Maybe it would work better with first grade.
sskatherine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lovely! From the title, it is easy to determine what this book is about. Stars of all kinds, from the stars in the sky to the star pinned on a sheriff. It tells of every way you can use or wear a star, it tells of feelings and seasons and all of the little places we put stars but don't really think about. For a simple shape, this is a wonderfully intricate book. I'm not sure if this would be appropriate as a read-aloud book, or how it might connect to an in-class lesson. Though, I can say that I can't wait to share it with my students very soon and I hope they like it as much as I do.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stars are beautiful. Stars are everywhere. Stars are special. That¿s what this book is about. Stars.Tiny little word poems and picture poems about stars. Beautiful.¿What if you could have a star? They shine little little silver eggs you could gather in a basket.Except you know you can¿t. Not really.¿
ginarentz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Stars¿by Mary Lyn Ray and illustrated by Marla Frazee is by far one of my favorites from my hunt for picture books. The illustrations are perfect and I love the meaning behind the star and how it includes boys and girls and different children of other ethnicities. My 6 year old daughter loves this book.
ander23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beginning with a boy noticing the first star of the evening, this book explores those particular stars, but then moves into a message of self-empowerment and self-worth. Readers are encouraged to draw and cut a star to keep in their pockets as encouragement during tough times, and then taken on a tour of the many places where stars might appear in nature. 4.5 stars.
alyson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved it! What a great concept - a celebration of stars in the sky, as shapes, in nature... I like the different dimensions of the book, because there is so much room for the sky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Stars is outstandingly written and not just for children. Reading this book, I learned a strong lesson even as a teenager. I felt this book was showing me that if you keep your imagination open, then anything can be what you want. For example, the children in this book are wanting to obtain the stars in the night sky. However they can have other things on earth represented by those stars. But, they can never actually have a star because stars are the wonders of the night.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago