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.