Stella by Marie Louise Gay: A book review

I absolutely adore the Stella books by Canadian author Marie Louise Gay. If you haven't read any of them run to the book store right now! They're that good.

Title: Stella ~ Princess of the Sky

Author and Illustrator: Marie Louise Gay

Publisher: Groundwood Books, 2010

Audience: Ages 2 and up

Theme: Imagination, Space, Relationships

Opening: "Stella!" cried Sam, "Stella! Look! The sky is on fire!"

Brief Synopsis (taken from Amazon. com): When Stella's brother, Sam, cries "Stella! Stella! Look! The sky is on fire!" the pair begin a new adventure exploring the wonders of the natural world. A vast, luminous sky, the sun, the stars, and the rising moon form the backdrop for t heir nocturnal expedition. As they encounter raccoons, fireflies, tree frogs, and bats, Same wonders if the moon can swim, if the sun wears pajamas, or if he can catch shooting stars with his butterfly net. Stella, as always, has an answer for every question. Marie-Louise Gay delights readers once again with this whimsical, tender, and humorous book that captures perfectly the freshness of young children discovering the world.

Why I Like This Book: Three reasons ~ I adore the illustrations and I love the sweet relationship between Stella and her little brother Sam. What's especially charming, is that when Stella doesn't know how to answer Sam's million and one questions, she just makes stuff up! AND, her books come in English and French.

Links to Resources:
1. You only need ONE! The link to Marie Louise Gay's website.

Click Here 

She has lots of stuff here, including a really great kids' page. Her blog looks good, too. She also has a Stella and Sam TV show and a Stella and Sam iPad app.




  1. Oh... this one looks like a cutie!

    Dragonflies in First

  2. Nothing better than sibling love. Thanks for the lead on yet another marvelous treasure. Happy spring break!


  3. Those illos are beautiful, I must check this one out, thanks!

  4. I really love the illustrations! I'm going to check out the website!

  5. Sounds adorable. Can't wait to read it.

  6. Completely charmed! What gorgeous illustrations and relationship!

  7. This looks like a wonderful way to explore the natural world. It seems to capture a child's natural wonder. I'm off to put it on our list.

  8. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love the title. My girls go for anything with the word "princess" in it. Thanks and hope you have a wonderful spring break!

  10. Oh, I love this book. Beautiful illustrations, an adventure through nature and a great message. Love Stella's name and the cover.

  11. Barbara your blog is spectacular, warm and friendly! I am a new follower.

    Deb at Fabulously First

  12. i always look forward to your choices, Barbara, because you get to share all these books with lots of children and you know what works! This one looks so delightful! I will have to add it to my gigantic library list, because I haven't read it yet. Thanks for another great pick, and enjoy your vacation!!!

  13. The illustrations are totally adorable! And I've gotta love someone who makes up answers when she doesn't know the real ones. Stella's my type of kid!

  14. We love "Stella, Queen of the Snow." I had no idea there was another! Love!!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  15. Thank you, Barbara...this looks like a lovely book that might encourage siblings to enjoy doing things together. :) Great resource link also!

  16. Thank you so much for doing these book reviews Barbara! I love reading them. :)

    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  17. Hi there Barbara, I fell immediately in love with the book cover. How beautiful! Little girls with fire in their hair and little leaf tendrils to boot appeal to me greatly. Will search for a copy of this one in our community libraries.

  18. What a great looking book!!
    I love how you're giving us great new finds:)

    ♥ Jen
    The Teacher's Cauldron

  19. This looks like a book I'll have to get. What lovely illustrations!

    Enjoy your Spring Break!!

    First Impressions

  20. Even better, there's an app for that! Thanks. Enjoy Spring Break!

  21. I just discovered your blog and love it! I'm your newest follower!


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