Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and illustrated by Marla Frazee is a poetic exploration of stars. It begins with the night sky, asking what it would be like to collect those tiny dots of twinkling lights into a basket.
From there it moves through other star concepts - the shape of one, self esteem (feeling like a star), through the sun in the sky and other star shapes in nature.
It's a sparse, beautifully worded poem, that without the illustrations would fit perfectly in an anthology of poetry. With Frazee's illustrations, though, it becomes a truly special picture book. It's one of those quietly hopeful ones that make such lovely bedtime stories.