Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee is a lovely tribute to stars that come in many forms. Stars in the night sky, stars you draw and they end up on a stick to make a wand, and moss on trees that may be green fairies. And then there are flowers, snowflakes, and fluff that are stars.
I love the details in the illustrations; the girl's face with the star wand, the rapt attention towards the reader inside the tree, and the reflections of the fireworks that make the watchers glow. There's no doubt as to why Frazee is a two time Caldecott honoree.
The illustrations are rendered in graphite, gouache, and gel pens on Strathmore 2-ply hot press paper.
I found Marla Frazee's Website quite interesting. She has a studio section that describes tools and techniques that delve into the planning of the visual world of picture book making. She's been teaching children's book illustration for 20 years.