Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee

A star is my favorite shape. I like looking at stars in the sky. I like making wands with stars when I need magical wishes to come true. I like taking pictures of stars. I just like stars. Which would make it no surprise that I wanted to read a book about stars.

This is a quiet picture book. I don’t think I would enjoy reading it to my story time kids as much as I would enjoy reading it one on one. Mostly because it talks about all kinds of stars…like stars that you give to others and how stars can make you feel better when you are sad. These type of moments are best one-on-one with a child.

I could also see giving this book to kids or even grownups who need to remember the end (the bit about how even though you might not see stars they are always there…you just need the night to come in order to see them). Then you can remind the kids or grownups that if they are going through a hard time (or “night”) that is when they can see the stars the best.

Powerful. If I ever am feeling blue, you all have permission to remind me to read this book. I’m sure it will make me feel better. I probably should now go out and buy a copy…

What to do after reading this book:
Make stars to give away to others
Color a picture with stars in the sky
Make a picture with as many stars as you can
Hide stars around the house for others to find
Make wands with stars on the end
Wear a star and be a sheriff for a day
Count stars
Learn about star constellations
Turn off all the lights and play a game with flashlights
Talk about stars and how they change the night sky
Have a star party!
Make a star chart where you earn stars for doing specificĀ tasks
Go on a nature walk and find all the “stars” you can
Call your favorite “star” and talk to them
Make a “star” crown to show how special you are

What this does:
Makes everyone feel important
Helps show that even if something is hard/frustrating there is always some “star” of light
Helps kids think of life outside of their immediate feelings
Makes Joella smile

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *