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MY FRIEND, THE STARFINDER by George Ella Lyon Kirkus Star

MY FRIEND, THE STARFINDER

By George Ella Lyon (Author) , Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Feb. 5th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4169-2738-9
Publisher: Richard Jackson/Atheneum

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. In the first, as a boy, he follows a falling star far afield. He finds it, “warm and smooth / as an egg straight from the hen.” He shows it to the narrator, who “held it tight / trying to feel its journey.” The second musing finds the amazed boy drenched with the light pooling at the end of a rainbow. Gammell’s characteristic mixed-media pictures fully develop Lyon’s themes of cosmic and earthly connection. Planets glimmer throughout, and pentangular star motifs figure in every spread, whether in tree bark, patched clothing or cloud shadows. The elder’s boyhood adventures are depicted in a miasma of grays accented with the glowing colors of star and rainbow. Gammell emphasizes the joyous interplay between the narrator (in oversized, peacock-green cap) and her shiny-pated friend by suffusing both with reflected, prismatic light. An author’s note fondly commemorates the real starfinder. Lovely. (Picture book. 4-7)