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Superb illustrations, star theme make a great bedtime read.





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Educational value

This expressive book gives examples of star shapes in nature and in everyday objects and shows the fun of star-gazing in the night sky.

Positive messages

Encourages kids to dig deep into themselves to find their star value, even on days they are not feeling very shiny.

Positive role models

Curious, observant kids explore and find wonder in the world around -- and above -- them.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this richly illustrated book is an ode to stars -- the ones up in the sky, the star shapes kids find all around them, and the star-like qualities they can find within themselves. Stars celebrates wondrous amazement at everyday things and encourages kids to make stars to carry in their pockets to make themselves feel better and to share with others.

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What's the story?

STARS is a simple but richly illustrated book that begins and ends with stars in the night sky. In between, kids notice stars everywhere, use them in make-believe play -- stick one on a shirt and it's a sheriff's star; on the end of stick and it's a magic wand -- and cut out shiny paper stars to keep in a pocket or give to friends.

Is it any good?


Stars cleverly takes one theme and explores it through the eyes of a diverse group of children. These pint-sized philosophers discover the wonder and mystery of the everyday, finding the extraordinary in their ordinary surroundings. Caldecott Honor recipient Marla Frazee’s gentle graphite-and-gouache illustrations are well-suited to the quiet text, and will capture the heart and imagination of young readers. A perfect read for bedtime.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how star-shaped objects can be found in many places. Can you find any right now?

  • Remarkable things are all around us. What are some amazing things you see every day?

  • Do you think having a star in your pocket might help you feel good about yourself, especially on days when you are feeling down?

Book details

Author:Mary Lyn Ray
Illustrator:Marla Frazee
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Beach Lane Books
Publication date:October 4, 2011
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):2 - 6

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