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STELLA – Book Review by S. A. Barone


Book Review by S. A. Barone

 Stella is written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay.  This is one of many books by this author.

Her sense of humor and vivid imagination is something to admire. Ms. Gay is also an outstanding artist and has won numerous awards including the Governor General’s Award.

Stella is a wonderful and funny book that all small children everywhere would love.

Stella and her little brother spend a day at the sea shore.  Stella has been to the sea shore before and knows all its secrets.  However, her little brother Sam has not, and he has more questions than anyone can answer.  He has questions like, “Do catfish purr?  Does a sea horse gallop.”  Stella spends a lot of time trying to get Sam into the water, but he thinks there might be Sea monsters in the ocean.  Every time Stella asked Sam if he was coming into the water he said, “Not right now,” then he would ask Stella yet another question.  The delightful adventure Stella and her brother, Sam, have at the sea shore is wonderful and humorous.

Ms. Gay’s illustrations were done in exquisite, evocative and brilliant watercolors.  The art work brought the sea alive and totally captured the wonderful relationship between an older sister and her baby brother.

This is a book that should be in all children’s home libraries.

Happy Reading

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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