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When Stella Was Very, Very Small (Stella and Sam)

by Marie-Louise Gay

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by Groundwood Books (2009-07-14)

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Amazon Description

Marie-Louise Gay has gone back in time to answer the questions often asked by the children who read and love her Stella books. Where does Stella get her wild ideas? How big is Stella’s imagination? What did Stella look like when she was small? How did Stella come to be the big sister to Sam? Although Gay didn’t know what she would find when she started to explore Stella’s childhood, she soon realized that when Stella was very small, she saw the world in her own unique way — with wonder, curiosity, and the sense that everything is possible. Evocative watercolors and imaginative text make this one of the most endearing entries in the series.

One Potato Review

Here is where fearlessness comes from. This might have gone horribly, smarmily wrong from the beginning, though for readers familiar with the indomitable explorer from earlier books, Stella’s back story sounds as true as it probably is marketable. She’s poised. Unaffected. And while her orange hair alone is possibly enough to capture the attention of very young readers, the story also ends with a (cheerful) reminder about the responsibilities of growing up.   

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