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

By Marie-Louise Gay (Illustrator)

Groundwood Books, 9781554981038, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 9, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (7/14/2009)

List Price: 7.95*
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When Stella was small she thought she was a turtle, that trees could talk, and that words were like ants running off the pages of her books. She couldn't tie her shoes, but she could survive a wild sandstorm. Marie-Louise Gay has gone back in time to answer the questions often asked by the children who read and love her Stella books. Although she 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. And when Sam came along, what could be more natural than to try to pass this sense of wonder on to him? A story of a lovely, tiny Stella, whose world is full of small adventures and slivers of magic.

About the Author

Marie-Louise Gay is a world-renowned author and illustrator of children's books. She has won many prestigious awards, including the Governor General's Award, 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.

Praise For When Stella Was Very, Very Small (Stella and Sam Books)

• Long-listed for the OLA Blue Spruce Award, 2010

• Short-listed for the QWF Award for Children's Literature, 2009

• "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 Reviews, starred review

• "[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

• "[Children] will be delighted to hear Stella's reminiscences and will identify with her joy in sharing her big sisterly 'knowledge' with Sam." — CM Magazine