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. The link to Marie Louise Gay’s website.
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.
2. My apologies. I’ll be adding more resource links, ASAP!