When Stella Was Very, Very Small (Hardcover)

By Marie-Louise Gay (Illustrator)

Groundwood Books, 9780888999061, 32pp.

Publication Date: July 14, 2009



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.

Praise For When Stella Was Very, Very Small

"[A] delightful series . . . Gay’s mixed-media scenes dance . . . Subtle and sweet, yet full of life and humor, [Stella's] world is a place kids will want to visit again and again." —School Library Journal, starred review

The charming illustrations, rendered in watercolour, pastel and collage, depict red-headed Stella’s antics in great detail and from a variety of perspectives. Young readers will wish they could be just like Stella, or at least have a big sister like her. Stella is both wonderful and full of wonder purely glorious.” —Kirkus, starred review

If you’ve ever wondered how Stella got so imaginative, wonder no more . . . Enchanting overhead views subtly drive home how being small makes the world seem big, and young listeners will feel encouraged to laugh at their own past foibles.” —Booklist

Stella’s dynamic world and big sister charisma will pay off for fans of the gentle series.” —Publishers Weekly