Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Stars by Mary Lyn Ray

Happy Good Friday dear friends.
The Queen here hoping this beautiful day finds you doing something you enjoy. Speaking of something I enjoy, looking up at a night sky brings such pleasure, I can sit under a starry sky for hours and hours just enjoying the twinkling wonder.

We not only have a wonderful world to live in, but we are surrounded by a mesmerizing universe. The day offers blue skies and interesting clouds and the night dazzles us with starry brilliance. Stop for a moment to enjoy all that's around you. 

Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and illustrated by Marla Frazee is simple yet beautifully done. I loved the bright, adoring pictures and the easy to follow text that explored where one can find stars. I'1

Happy Reading,
The Queen

Book Title: Stars
Author:Mary Lyn Ray                                                                                                                
Illustrator: Marla Frazee

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Beach Lane Books (October 4, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 2 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 40 pages
Genre: Fiction picture book
ISBN: 978-1442422490

Book Theme:
The wonder of stars and how you can find them all around if you'll only look.

Favorite Line: "If you hold a wand the right way, you might see a wish come true. Not always. Only sometimes. You never know about a wish."

Book Summary
A star is how you know it’s almost night.
As soon as you see one, there’s another, and another.
And the dark that comes doesn’t feel so dark.
What if you could have a star?
From acclaimed author Mary Lyn Ray and two-time Caldecott Honor winner Marla Frazee comes this tender, evocative—and profound—exploration of stars both near and far.

Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Of course, of course you must make some stars. Gather as many cool looking papers as you can possibly find and get to makin' stars. Add glitter. Add sparkle dots. Add anything shiny you can find to make your stars special. Keep one in your pocket to make you smile. Now pass the rest out to those who might also need a smile.

Older Readers:
When you make a star, write a special message to it for the one you'll give your star to. On your own star, write a word or two that describes what makes you shine. You might need a parent or friend's help to find the right words. 

Crafty Ideas:
Make star streamers. Fold paper accordion style and cut out a star shape, making sure to leave two or three corners touching so they will stay attached. Hang your star chain across a window or over your bed or some other fun place that needs a bit of star sparkle. 

Writing Prompts:
If you could catch a basket full of stars, what would you do with them?

Exploration Activity:
The book shows a few places you can find stars that are not in the sky. But there's more. Can you go outside and find more stars? Make it a star hunt. Draw, list or take pictures of all the stars you find. You might even consider making your own Stars booklet.

Discussion Questions:
Talk about stars in the sky. Use this book as a spring board to a unit on outer space. Find non-fiction books about stars and talk about what they are really made of.
Family Activity:
Spend an evening outdoors, on a blanket, with a pile of books, something yummy to snack on and the stars above to observe. 

Authors Arena

About this author from Goodreads
Mary Lyn Ray is a conservationist and author of several picture books for children. She was born in Louisiana in 1946 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ray has lived in New England since 1964, when she first came east to attend college. She currently lives in a 150-year-old farmhouse in South Danbury, New Hampshire, which she restored herself.

Marla Frazee's bio from Reading Rocket
Ever since she was in elementary school, Marla Frazee knew that she wanted to illustrate children's books. Now Frazee is living her childhood dream, stepping into her backyard studio each morning to do what she loves. Frazee is the illustrator Sarah Pennypacker's Clementine books as well as picture books written by a variety of other authors. On her own, Frazee has both written and illustrated a number of original and playful titles, such as Santa Claus: The World's Number One Toy Expert, Roller Coaster, and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever.

Check out a video interview with Marla Frazee


Miranda Paul said...

Love your selection for Perfect Picture Books! I also love Chronicle books, too. :) Thanks for sharing.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

This does indeed look like an enchanting addition to the list! I love that you our your favorite line - I think we should add that as an option for PPBFS :) And what wonderful activities! Thank you so much for sharing this one with us!

Patricia T. said...

What a beautiful selection with so many moments to teach. The illstration and cover art would grab me right away. And, I am very impressed with your activities for each age group. Thank you for adding this to our list. It's an important book!

Heather said...

Wonderful activities! I love the look of this book. Thank you.

Darshana said...

Love all your activity ideas.

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Hi there Jackie, I've heard SOOO much about this lovely picture book, but have never had a chance to read through this. Your recommendations across different age groups are also spot-on! How very well-thought-out. Thank you for including this undoubtedly lovely picture book. Must-find-soon!! :)

This Kid Reviews Books said...

What a GREAT book! I really like the illustrations you've shown :)

Jackie Castle said...

Thanks Miranda.

Jackie Castle said...

I looked through your list, which is getting really big (yay) and couldn't find this one. It's such a pretty book. Thanks for doing PPBF.

Jackie Castle said...

There were so many other activities I had thought of, but not enough room for them all. Thanks for stopping by.

Jackie Castle said...

Thank you.

Jackie Castle said...

Thanks Darshana. The book has a lot of potential for even more activities. I especially loved how they brought the stars down to earth and showed a few places you can find that shape in your own back yard.

Jackie Castle said...

Thanks for stopping by.

Jackie Castle said...

Amazon had a section on the illustrators works in progress. I love seeing how artist pull these beautiful illustrations together.

Penny Klostermann said...

Oh those illustrations!!! I have to add this to my list. Thanks for the review.

Jackie Castle said...

Thanks for stopping by. I loved the illustrations, too.