Illustrated by Marla Frazee
Beach Lane Books, 2011
$16.99, ages 2-6, 40 pages
An acclaimed author contemplates what stars are for, in a picture book reminiscent of Ruth Kraus' A Hole is to Dig.
"A star is how you know it's almost night," Mary Lyn Ray writes, as a boy walks his dog and gazes at the darkening sky.
Ray, the author of Basket Moon, describes stars as reassuring lights that never go away and shares other stars that are close enough to touch.
When day ends, the stars in the heavens click on like strings of white lights, and "the dark that comes doesn't feel so dark."
If only they weren't so far away, never to be held or carried. But suppose you could have a star of your own, one that fit right in your hand.