My Friend, the Starfinder by George Ella Lyon

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Dazzled,
a little girl listens
to her old neighbor's story
of following a falling star
when he was a boy.

He found it, too.
He put it in her hands.

But that's not all
the starfinder has to tell.

One day something
found him.

It's a story
too good to keep.

See for yourself.
 

About George Ella Lyon

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George Ella Lyon grew up just down the road from Blanton Forest, the largest old growth forest in Kentucky, and has always felt most at home in the woods. Some of her recent titles include the ALA Notable All the Water in the World, the Schneider Family Book Award–winner The Pirate of Kindergarten, the Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book You and Me and Home Sweet Home, and Planes Fly! A novelist and poet, she lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky. You can find out more online at GeorgeEllaLyon.com. Stephen Gammell is the beloved illustrator of more than fifty books for children, including Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman, which received the Caldecott Medal, and two Caldecott Honor Books: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker, and The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate Our School by Judy Sierra. Mr. Gammell lives with his wife, Linda, in St. Paul, Minnesota.
 
Published February 5, 2008 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books. 40 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Lyon’s sensitive tale, spun from a childhood memory, is doubly ruminative: Its female narrator relates two boyhood reminiscences told her by an elderly neighbor.

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The illustrations morph back into full color as the old man puts the star in the girl's hands—“glassy, blackish green/ like puddles around a coal pile.” Lyon never lets readers forget that this is a story they are reading: “Now he couldn't bring home/ the rainbow/ the way he did the star./ But wh...

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