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Stars Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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I spend a lot of my time sketching and erasing. Eraser crumbs get all over the floor of my studio.
When I do the finish, I use a very tiny brush and apply many, many layers of watercolor. Sometimes, after all that, I don't like how it turns out.
Then I start all over again and do it in a different, and hopefully better, way. It can be frustrating.
Like when my son saw this painting, he asked, "Why are those kids reading in the dark?"
So I did this one over too. And it only took three weeks! Sheesh.
Top Customer Reviews
The cover, with exception of the title word, is one of the full page pictures on the inside of this book. The art illustrations are a watercolor form with a graphite drawing added once dry. More of an art style than a cartoon look. It is a professional and child-pleasing form to deliver the story. It's the quality one would expect from a book division of Simon and Schuster. Will this become another Caldecott award winner from book illustrator Marla Frazee?
The children represented in the story's drawings are generic enough that one does not have to deal with nationality or ethnic issues. They are just kids, and they find stars in all kinds of wonderful places that offer opportunities to talk with a child listener. What else might they see there? Where else can a star shape be found? These are learning questions perfect for Dad, Nana, Sister, or teacher to present to a child reading for themselves, or being read to, depending upon age. The large 8.5 x 12.5 size gives the book added wonderment to young children.
It states there is an ebook edition available, but for my money, I'd vote on the real deal.Read more ›
Children books are always hard for me to review it seems like because they are so short - but this one has great illustrations and a great little story to it. It made my daughter want to go to the store to buy scissors and shiny paper so she could have a star for her pocket too. That means she's listening.
My initial impression is that while it's not my favorite of the three Frazee books I've read, it's a sweet addition to my daughters' library (my oldest is almost two and a half), and I look forward to reading it often with them.
I like that the print in the book is handwriting - that, combined with the many pages of children on mostly white backgrounds, reminded me a little of Malika Fouchier's Lala.
I also like that the characters have cute and distinctive outfits - little red cowboy boots, three pigtails, striped leggings. This might make the book seem slightly dated in years to come, but that's not a bad thing.
I like the simple story and the idea - one simple subject, elaborated. It's particularly good for my two-and-a-half year old, who is at the age where it's still a wonder to her that the same word can have so many different meanings, and where she's beginning to make obvious word associations and participate in conversations. A few days after getting sick from being spun "so fast" on a swing, I told her I would cut her nails "so fast" - and she warned me, "I might throw up...").
I love Frazee's playful, swirly, rolling illustrations - some of my favorite pages in the book are the ones where her illustrations have the space and subject to be the most dynamic, like the strawberry-and-pumpkins page, where the horizon seems to follow the twist of the wind, and the dandelion pages, where the little tufts become a giant spiral in the sky.Read more ›
What I don't love are the words - they seem disconnected and actually kind of lame. Too stream of consciousness for me - and I usually like stream of consciousness! When I read it the second or third time, I had a thought. It almost felt like the author was trying really, really hard to channel the exquisite A Hole is to Dig, but falling short...
I read the book to a room full of my restless 3 and 4 year old resters at school today. They seemed to love the entirety. Hmm. The descriptives they repeated again and again were "cool" and "swirly". My gut feeling is they were actually more into the illustrations than the words, particularly one of fireworks, and one children inside a tree. So as a storyteller in addition to a reader to young children, my inclination is to show them the pictures using my own words to convey the rather non-existent story...on the other hand, I feel guilty even considering that...after all, an author's work is hers to tell in her own way. I just wish I found Mary Lyn Ray's story as terrific as Frazee's accompaniment.
4 stars because of the kids' enjoyment, 3 if it was me alone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pure poetry. The few negative reviews astound me. This is a beautiful meditation on stars, all kinds of stars, and the figurative language, phrasing, imagery, and rhythm of the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Brianna Zamborsky
Great book to read to children and have them make their own start to brighten their day when it's gloomy.Published 1 month ago by Ronald J Mallett
Stars- A book review by Lee Ann Layson
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray is an inviting children’s book, lovely in meaning and lovingly illustrated. Read more
Game of Thrones would have you believe that "the night is dark and full of terrors," but Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee's book Stars takes a decidedly more comforting view. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jessi
I can still remember running through my backyard at dawn trying to catch fireflies, feeling the sweat trickle down my back and not having a care in the world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I remember a trip to Sapelo Island, one of Georgia’s barrier islands, chaperoning the oceanography class. It was my first time to a beach that had no hotels, no lights. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lbj_atl
When I was a child, I would get excited at nightfall, watching the sky fade from late afternoon into evening, looking for the first star to appear, waiting for my chance to make a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ben DeWitt
Growing up, we all know stars. They’re just simply there. You look at them and somehow they always seem to look back. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Phillips