Star Bright

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I remember learning to draw stars as a kid, my notebooks filled with misshapen polygons that resembled squashed porcupines. Fortunately, kids now have Mountain Star ($18.95, chesslerbooks.com), which not only teaches a surefire way to draw these tricky celestial objects, but also tells the story of the late alpine and rock pioneer Charlie Fowler, who with Christine Boskoff perished on China’s Mount Genyen in 2006. Written by Fowler’s sister, Ginny Fowler Hicks, Mountain Star is a creative and beautifully illustrated story, as well as a heart-warming tribute.

—Kristin Bjornsen