Read Me a Story, Stella

Category: Book
By (author): Gay, Marie-Louise
Series: Stella And Sam
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Books & Libraries
  JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
Audience: general/trade
Awards: Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Picture Book Award (2014) Short-listed
Ontario Library Associatian Best Bet (2014) Commended
Toronto Public Library's First and Best (2013) Commended
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Published: August 2013
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 32
Size: 9.00in x 9.00in x 0.41in
Our Price:
$ 23.25
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

In the first new Stella book in four years - in a series that has sold two million copies in ten languages - Stella introduces little brother Sam to the pleasures of reading. Sam is as busy and worried as ever, and Stella almost always has her nose in a book these days, but she finds time to help him out, while sharing her new pastime with contagious enthusiasm.

Sam has gathered a wagonload of branches to build a doghouse for Fred, and he wonders if the book Stella is reading tells you how to make one. It doesn't (although it is very funny), but Stella is more than willing to give Sam a hand. As soon as the doghouse is built though, Sam worries that a wolf might come along and blow it down. Stella breezily banishes his fears, suggesting a picnic at Lily Pond. Stella cools her feet in the water, reading a story, while Sam tries to catch a frog. Are there frogs in Stella's book, he wonders. No, Stella tells him, but there is a toad wearing a velvet jacket…

With her characteristically light touch, Marie-Louise Gay imparts the pleasures and importance of reading to her young audience, whether it be humor, fiction, nonfiction or poetry. Her detailed, beautifully rendered and often-amusing watercolor illustrations (spot the tiny bunny reading a book!) show yet again that Marie-Louise Gay is one of the very best artists creating picture books today.

From The Publisher*In the first new Stella book in four years - in a series that has sold two million copies in ten languages - Stella introduces little brother Sam to the pleasures of reading. Sam is as busy and worried as ever, and Stella almost always has her nose in a book these days, but she finds time to help him out, while sharing her new pastime with contagious enthusiasm.
Review Quote*Gay's watercolor, pencil, pastel and collage illustrations fill each scene with a riot of details for children to pore over again and again…A perfect summer's day bound in 32 pages.
Review Quote*This relatively quiet picture book glows with the warmth of the supportive (but never sappy) sibling relationship that defines the Stella and Sam series. . . . the appealing illustrations offer plenty of details for prereaders to notice and ponder.
Review Quote*Gay's mainly watercolor illustrations perfectly capture a lazy summer day. . . . This low-key story of sibling love, nature, fun activities, subtle humor, and reading is a winner on all fronts.
Review Quote*The delicately sketched outdoor scenes are full of butterflies, birds, wildflowers, and puffy white clouds, lending a sense of purity to the natural setting, while Stella's mess of auburn curls draws attention to her sweet face. This is an excellent model both of positive sibling relations and of the way books and stories can naturally play into everyday life. 
Review Quote*[C]ould be used as a clever way to introduce other books to young children. This title is a great addition to Gay's Stella and Sam series.
Biographical NoteMarie-Louise Gay is a world-renowned author and illustrator of children's books. She has won many prestigious awards, including two Governor General's awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her books have been translated into more than fifteen languages and are loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal.