Stars by Mary Lyn Ray

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Stars by Mary Lyn Ray (illustrated by Marla Frazee; Beach Lane Books, 2011) is somewhat about stars. Not real stars, but the “magic” that comes from a star: wear a star to become a sheriff or tape one on a stick to create a magic wand. Marla Frazee’s illustrations are stunning and make the book a visual delight for the reader.

However, some bits of the narration make no sense to me. For example, “Snowflakes are stars” just makes me scratch my head. Maybe snow seems like it is magical and special like a star. But stars? No. Although I love the emphasis that stars are a constant in the night sky and that everyday things we see around us, like strawberry blossoms, may give us that same feeling, I left the book with a feeling of confusion as to the point of it. It’s gorgeous, but it unfortunately lacked some degree of coherence.

Reviewed on November 28, 2011

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  • These are some great books for kids I like how well you reviewed each book. I’m going to most likely get Stars by Mary Lyn Ray for my daughter I think she would really like it.

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