Eclair Goes to Stella's

Eclair Goes to Stella's

by Michelle Weidenbenner

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ISBN-13: 9780989404983
Publisher: Random Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 08/13/2014
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.19(d)

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Eclair Goes to Stella's 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Éclair Goes to Stella's (Éclair Book 1) by M. Weidenbenner is a charming and cute story for girls. Éclair and her sister Megan have to go and live with their grandma as their mother is sick and their father is working. Their grandmother lives on a farm in Indiana and the whole scenario is different for Éclair. Éclair does not like her grandma Stella initially and she thinks Stella does not treat the animals on the farm well. But things change and then Éclair starts liking Stella. This book deals with the fears of a seven-year-old when they are in places where everything is new. Éclair’s innocence, thoughts and getting adjusted to her new surrounding will entertain readers. Her thoughts about her grandmother, who does not like to be called grandmother because it makes her feel old, are also an interesting part of the story. The author has captured the many shades of emotions that Éclair goes through initially when she moves in with Stella. The book teaches kids about loneliness, trust and friendship and the beautiful relationship Éclair shares with the horse. The book has its funny moments too. Through the emotions of Éclair, the author has beautifully captured the fears of a young girl who has to change homes. The book also speaks about animal safety. Though all the illustrations are in black and white, they are well done and give movement and life to the characters and story. It is a wonderful story book for kids who love animals. I am sure the next part will be equally fascinating.
HeatherJG More than 1 year ago
This is a great, easy, read for girls. The story is fast paced and doesn't have any "boring" spots at all. I'm 38 and it kept met intrigued. I have a feeling the story of Éclair is just beginning and we're going to learn a lot more about her and her journey! This book is just an introduction of sorts to Éclair and all of her new "friends". She's in a strange place with a Grandma she barely knows. I think many children will be able to little Éclair on many levels. This book does leave you waiting for the next one! There are so many questions that need to be answered (and will be in due time)! One thing we do know.....is Stella makes some good dessert! I can't wait to see what comes up next for our little Éclair and I really want to know what happens with her mom!
BookWormAndMore More than 1 year ago
Do you have a little girl in elementary school or know one? Well, here is the perfect little chapter book for them. My daughter would've loved this one when she was little. She loves animals, and especially horses. I think all little girls love horses and animals in general. When Eclair has to go to her grandmother's with her sister, she doesn't want to go. I think most kids would be afraid to go live with someone they've never met in another state. Of course, I wonder why she never met her grandmother before this but that is beside the point. It would be scary for anyone to do this but when Eclair sees all of the animals, she is excited. Then she is also afraid because it looks like her weird grandmother hurts these animals. This book is great at showing how difficult change can be. It also shows that some good things can come from difficult changes. I love that it is centered around a little girl and animals. This book also deals with sibling rivalry, and parents separating. I'm not really sure why the mother left, if she is really sick or if she just left. I give this book 4 stars. I'm sure little girls that have started reading chapter books will love this book. Boys on the other hand probably won't like the book as much because there are no boys in the book. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
misteedawnw More than 1 year ago
I read this book with my 9 year old daughter. She loved the character of Eclair. She really identified with her and thought she was funny. She felt so bad for Eclair and her sister after their Mom left and then their Dad left, too. She did not understand why their Mom left and I had to explain to her what sometimes can happen to people. She was also very scared like Eclair, that Eclair would have to stay with some woman that she had never met even though they were related. The fact that Stella had colored hair and was not what Eclair had envisioned of an 'older lady' was exactly how my daughter felt, as well. But just like Eclair, my daughter started to like Stella rather quickly, too. She also really enjoyed the fact that Stella had a horse and even got to name it. My daughter laughed at the parts where Eclairs little sister would do something 'icky', like needing a diaper changed. We giggle, we were sad, we were happy and we really, really, enjoyed the book. I cannot wait to read more of Eclair's adventures with her. If you have a young kid, I bet they would love to read this book with you! I highly recommend it.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
ESCLAIR GOES TO STELLA'S by MICHELLE WEIDENBENNER is an interesting Children's book/Chapter Books/Horses/Animals. "Esclair" #1, and what a beginning. Age Level: 5 - 9 | Grade Level: K - 3. I loved this cute, funny story of horses, children and their delights. What an impressive tale. An excellent tale of young readers, of all ages, but especially ages 5-9. From Pre-K to the 3rd grade are sure to delight in the vivid pictures, the true to life issues. A great moral for youngsters, you judge a book by its covers, or judge characters by first impressions but to give people the benefit of the doubt. A cute tale. Does have a few minor flow issues, but otherwise moves freely and evenly. Young readers are sure to enjoy as well as parents, and grand parents. A pleasure to read! *Received for an honest review* Rating: 4 Heat rating: N/A Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
Pink is a theme that ran through the book and LadyBug loves pink. As an early chapter book, it was a very easy read, but high interest enough to keep her interested. Of course, I read it too (can't let the kids have all the fun). As I was getting started I worried that a "sick" mom might bring up questions I wasn't really ready to answer, but my daughter glossed right over that part and fell in love with Eclair and the animals. She asked me "what does Eclair do next?" To me that means this is a hit! We can't wait to see the next in the series.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
Eclair is a cute lovable seven year old who you cannot fail to smile and laugh along with at some of the things she thinks or says and even misunderstands, just like a typical seven year old.  She will also make you feel a little sad too but not for long as you soon start smiling again. Eclair and her sister Meggie face a tough time as their mom has to go away because she is poorly so they have to go and live with her Grandma Stella for a while, until her dad can find another job.  It's the important issues Eclair worries about like leaving behind her BFF (best friend forever) which is her first thought! Yet with two simple words, horse and farm, as dad tells her about Grandma Stella's farm Magical Meadows, things just seem that little bit brighter.  Stella has to be brave for now and learn to trust her Grandma and get used to her new surroundings living on the farm, you can feel her insecurities and sadness but her happiness shines through.  Animals make the greatest friends and two lost souls, Eclair and rescued horse Lightning, help each other through their new adventure in life together. I like how the author has also included a few little animal facts within the story itself that children can pick up without even thinking about it and the sketches in each small chapter are so much fun.  The author treats you to a glimpse of the next book too, it looks like Lightning gets a new friend and maybe one for Eclair too. A fun easy to read book that I really enjoyed , maybe that's because I'm a big kid at heart.
CinnamonHollow More than 1 year ago
What a delightful book! Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of "Eclair Goes To Stella's" as a member of Beck Valley Book Tours. All opinions are strictly my own. My Thoughts: This book is delightful! My 7 year old daughter and I read it together and we both loved it. Eclair (Emily Clair) is your typical 7 year old girl. She has her life that she is accustomed to with her mom, dad, sister and best friend. She doesn't like change but that is what she gets! When her mom gets sick and has to go to a hospital far away and her dad has to travel to seek employment, Eclair and her sister go to live with her grandmother. A purplish redhead who doesn't want to be called grandma. Eclair sees her horse that is covered in sores and looks like it has been starved nearly to death. She hears Stella, her grandmother, threaten to chop its head off and eat it and she sees all these deer heads hanging in the living room. She automatically assumes that Stella is evil and that she kills and eats her animals. She doesn't want to stay. She tries to hide in her dads car before he can leave. But she does stay. And she learns that things aren't always how they initially appear. Farms aren't necessarily "stinky". Quirky grandparents aren't necessarily mean. And change isn't always bad. I think that Michelle Weidenbenner did an excellent job with this story. It can be read fairly quickly and it isn't your typical childrens novel and that is great! The storyline is different than what we usually find in the kids section. It invokes a wide array of emotions and shows us that while some change is bad, like Eclair and Meggie's mom getting sick, some change can also be good. Eclair and Meggie meet a grandmother they didn't really know, experience life on a farm and make new "friends". Eclair also learns to look out for her little sister. If you're looking for a book to read with your child, check out Eclair Goes to Stella's by Michelle Weidenbenner. It's a great story and we can't wait to read more! Our Daughters Thoughts: "I loved it mama!" I thought some of the parts were really sad. When Eclair's mama has to go away because she is sick. And when Eclair sees the horse that has all those sores. And when her dad leaves to go find work. There are some sad parts, and some scary parts like when Stella says she's going to kill the rooster and eat it, but if you keep reading the book, it is really good. I like how they describe Eclair and Stella and Meggie. I like how the horse goes to Eclair and she names it and I like how the story ends. Did her mom get better? We don't know yet but I like how Eclair starts to see Stella as her grandma. There you have it. Reviewed by a 7 year old!
hpgirl2008 More than 1 year ago
Great book for kids just starting to read, very easy to understand and written from the perspective of a very young girl :) "Ink-Er-Igible" just made me laugh and laugh! Eclair and her sister Meggie have to go stay with their Grandma Stella who has lots of animals. At first Eclair thinks it is a great thing, then she begins to believe her grandma is injuring her animals - but is she right? The book is a fascinating look at family ties, animal safety and love. The illustrations are beautifully done - all of them are black and white, no color but they are extremely well-drawn and in-depth. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I hope you will go pick up a copy for your little one and give it a read! Well worth it :) ***I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review***
ammcmaho More than 1 year ago
This is a cute story with some real life situations that kids may see but not understand. For this reason I was happy it was above my 6 year old's reading level. We were able to read along together and use the book as conversation starters.  My daughter looks forward to the next book in the series. 
Cozycomfybooks More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the story. The main character is Eclair. Eclair's father takes Eclair and her little sister to the grandmothers. Grandmother Stella lives on a farm. Eclair can't understand why  her mother left. The story mentions that Eclairs mom cries a lot making me think that she might be dealing with depression issues. Eclair goes through so many challenges in this story. She learns so much about truth, loneliness and friendship. I like how the Author ties all the details of the story together. I really like the relationship Eclair forms with the horse. She feels care and trust. Eclair builds trust and friendship with Stella and with the horse. A lovely and sweet story that is great for problem solving and communication but also funny and entertaining. 
pellerini More than 1 year ago
I didn't know how this book was going to pan out when I first started reading.  I was concerned and confused when I read that Clair and Meggie's mom was going away because she was "sick"...at first I thought it was going to be too heavy of a topic for the recommended age group to grasp, but it can be true life!  I felt that the book was very real in that Eclair was telling the story how a true young girl would tell a story.  From the mention of the stinky diaper, to what was going through her head when she saw the trophy deer heads in Stella's house. I enjoyed reading the book and look forward to learning mores about Eclair and Meggie's adventures on Stella's farm.  I hope that the author does touch on the main reason for the little girls going away to their grandma's and how they cope - it could turn out to be a healing book for children that may be going through the same situation.
AMadisonMom More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Eclair. She was just such the typical 7 year old thrown into a new situation. I think the author did such a great job getting into Eclair’s head to show how she felt about losing her mom, being away from her dad, getting to know Stella (her grandmother), and learning about life on a farm. You forget what it’s like to be a child in a new place and feeling scared or overwhelmed. It was really interesting to see what Eclair was experiencing and to understand how she was pushing limits and acting out really just to find her place. Since this is the first book in the series, I’m excited to see what happens next with Eclair. I know that Zoe & Ana will enjoy Eclair Goes to Stella’s.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
What a lovely little story this is. Perfect for a young girl to read, or perhaps even a younger girl to have read to her. This book takes a very bad situation and makes it all better--very much better. This is a 5 star if ever I read one! Eclair's Mom gets sick and has to go away for a while leaving Eclair and Megan (the little sister) at home with their Dad. The two girls don't really understand what is happening. Their Dad was out of work and needed to be out looking for a job so he sent his daughters to his Mom's ranch. Eclair was not very happy about this to say the least. She was even more unhappy once they reached the ranch and came to conclusions that were not quite right.--until---she realized that things were a lot better then she thought.
sleepygirl More than 1 year ago
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review. This is a cute book for young children about a girl named Emily Clair but her dad calls her Eclair. Her mom is having issues and has to leave for a while, and her dad travels for work, so Eclair and her sister have to stay with her grandma, Stella, for a while. Eclair's fears are typical of what a child might experience when losing her parents and her home temporarily. Stella does a good job of redirecting and helping to allay Eclair's fears. This is a good book for any young child to read but especially a child who is having to deal with some type of change.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
As an adult, it took me about a half hour to finish this. It was what I would consider an almost easy read. Amazon recommends the book for 1st through 3rd grade or ages 5 to 9. I don’t know that my 1st grader would have been able to read it quite yet, but my 2nd grader (age 7) would have read it and I would say up to 4th grade, maybe even 5th grade would still enjoy it. It was a super cute book. You get a look inside Eclair’s thoughts about her grandmother who does not want to be called grandma because it makes her old and she is not old. Eclair gets to name a rescued horse and a baby alpaca – great for little girls who love animals! If you have a little girl who enjoys reading, this book would be great for them! And the best part is that this is just book one. There are other Eclair books coming that I am sure will be just as cute as this one!