I had been waiting for an afternoon where we weren’t in the middle of anything to share this book with my students. I wanted calm time to savour the illustrations and the lovely poetic text. And then we would need some time to talk stars. And do some art of course!
The first day back after Spring Break proved to be the perfect day. We were easing back into routines and needed an afternoon of a beautiful book and some time to create. Stars (written by Mary Lyn Ray and illustrated by Marla Frazee) is one of my new favourite picture books. A book that celebrates stars and all that they might mean and represent. A book that asks us to think what if we could collect stars . . . have one? gather a bunch? Imagine. Stars are about magic. And wishing. And possibilities. About nature – snowflakes, flower blossoms, dandelion seeds on the wind.
I love the simplicity and the power behind Ray’s text.
But stars that come with night- for those you have to wait for night. You need some dark to see them.
And the illustrations. Well. . . Frazee’s pictures always capture such joy.
Inspired by colourful, vibrant heart art of Jim Dine we used oil pastels to make our stars.
Raelyn is almost finished surrounding her stars with blocks of colour.
Carmen worked to create a feeling of movement.
Truman worked to make his picture feel like space including shooting stars!