Stella, Star of the Sea

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Stella and her little brother are spending the day at the sea. Stella has been to the sea before and knows all its secrets, but Sam has many questions. "Where do starfish come from? Does a catfish purr? Does a sea horse gallop?" Stella has an answer for them all. The only thing she isn’t sure of is whether Sam will ever come into the water. Evocative watercolors bring a diaphanous day at the beach alive in this perfect summer story. Gently humorous, the book also captures the relationship between an older sister...
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Overview


Stella and her little brother are spending the day at the sea. Stella has been to the sea before and knows all its secrets, but Sam has many questions. "Where do starfish come from? Does a catfish purr? Does a sea horse gallop?" Stella has an answer for them all. The only thing she isn’t sure of is whether Sam will ever come into the water. Evocative watercolors bring a diaphanous day at the beach alive in this perfect summer story. Gently humorous, the book also captures the relationship between an older sister and her baby brother — a responsibility that can be both lots of fun and very trying.
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Publishers Weekly
Stella, Star of the Sea by Marie-Louise Gay also appears in a miniature edition. Of the original 1999 hardcover, PW wrote, "This nonchalant slice-of-life tale with its sunny, eccentric illustrations makes for an enjoyable trip to the seashore." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is an amusing story about a young brother and sister spending the day at the beach. The colorful illustrations add to the joy in reading about Stella and Sam. Stella is a year older than Sam and has been to the beach once before making her an expert in Sam's eyes. Sam asks Stella many questions about the surroundings and especially fish. Stella's answers are comical reflecting a creative, imaginative mind. For example, when Sam asks Stella where starfish came from, she explains knowingly that they came from the sky. They spend much time walking along the beach with Sam asking question after question with Stella supplying creative answers. Stella wants to go in the water and she finally persuades Sam this is the thing to do. The book is charming, however librarians, and few parents, will pay for a book that is so flimsy and will not hold up, especially for the ages the book is recommended. When the dust jacket is removed, there is an unadorned white cover about the weight of typing paper. 2004, Groundwood Books/Douglas & McIntyre, and Ages 2 to 4.
—Jennie DeGenaro
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888999924
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Series: Stella and Sam
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 145,435
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.14 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2002

    The Perfect Book

    The first time I read this book was when I read it to a first grader for a project at school. I loved it. It reminded me of my brother. All he does is ask why. He is 10 years old and is so curious about everything. This book is perfect for him. I think this book is perfect for any little kid. Every child is curious about something in life. This book just makes them feel that there is a lot of other children wanting to know why.

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