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Stella the Star

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Stella’s parents are so proud. Her teacher wants her to be the star in the school play. So her parents take her shopping for new shoes and a new dress, get her hair cut at a fancy salon, and buy the best camera there is to take pictures during the show. After all, only the best will do for their star.

After much anticipation, the adorable Stella wins the hearts of all audiences and makes her parents very proud in this charming story with a ...

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Overview

Stella’s parents are so proud. Her teacher wants her to be the star in the school play. So her parents take her shopping for new shoes and a new dress, get her hair cut at a fancy salon, and buy the best camera there is to take pictures during the show. After all, only the best will do for their star.

After much anticipation, the adorable Stella wins the hearts of all audiences and makes her parents very proud in this charming story with a surprising finale.

Stella's parents are very proud when they learn that she will be the "star" in her school play.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-When Stella is picked to be the star in the school's upcoming play, her parents are so delighted that they buy her a pair of shoes and a dress, and take her to the beauty salon for the big show. Flowers and a video camera are also procured for the event. On the afternoon of the play, Stella's mom and dad realize that they may have gone slightly overboard in their preparations as they learn there was a small misunderstanding about their daughter's part in the production. Nonetheless, the child, who is clearly the apple of their eye, makes her parents proud as she puts forth a stellar performance. Oil paints on prepared paper satisfactorily depict short, squat Stella and her classmates as they entertain their families in the first play of their school careers.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Shulman's wry comedy of errors sends up over-eager parents. Stella's parents are in a tizzy over a note from her teacher declaring Stella will be a star in the school play. Suddenly Stella is caught up in a whirl of parental frenzy, as they set out to acquire only the best accoutrements for their little star. Although comedic, the subtext of Shulman's tale is achingly poignant; as her parents crow about her accomplishments, Stella consistently responds, "I want you to be proud." The punch line of the tale is, of course, that Stella is a star not the star. Commendably, Stella's parents rise to the occasion, sincerely-if a bit red-faced-lauding her achievement. Nguyen's full-bleed oil paintings function as a droll foil for the text; featuring an adorably doe-eyed Stella as she acts entirely appropriate to her age-doodling with the makeup at the salon, etc. More a satire, this tale is best appreciated by an older reader, as the nuances of the parental expectations versus the reality of the situation will be lost on a younger, more traditional picture-book audience. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802788948
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Shulman was a camp counselor, a radio announcer, a New York City tour guide, and an advertising creative director before he became an author. He has written more than thirty children’s books. He wrote Stella the Star after he saw Stella in Vincent’s sketchbook. Mark lives in New York City with his wife, Kara, and their daughter, Hannah. (Hannah’s only two, but one day she’ll be in a school play.)

Vincent Nguyen has worked as a painter, a children’s book illustrator, and an artist for feature films large and small. Originally from Houston, Texas, he moved to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts and now lives in the tristate area.

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