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Stella, Queen of the Snow (Stella and Sam) Hardcover – October 30, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Series: Stella and Sam
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books; 1St Edition edition (October 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888994044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888994042
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

It's Sam's first snowstorm and he has a lot of questions. "Is the snow cold? Can you eat a snowflake? Where does a snowman sleep? How many snowflakes are there in a snowball?" His big sister, Stella, has the answer to every question because she is very knowledgeable on the subject, being Queen of the Snow. "Polar bears eat snowflakes for breakfast," Stella informs Sam.

"With milk?" asks Sam.

"Yes," says Stella. "And sugar."

The two venture out into the white wonderland, exploring the tastes and textures of snowflakes and snowballs, the thrill of sledding ("I think I'll walk down," says Sam), and the magic of snow angels. Worldly Stella instructs her cautious little brother in all the ways of winter in the way only a big sister can.

Readers will be gratified at the return of Stella, Star of the Sea's adorable, true-to-life siblings. Popular award-winning author-illustrator Marie-Louise Gay has created another breathtakingly cute picture book about confident, carrot-top Stella and her earnest but uncertain little brother. Gay's watercolors of blackbirds on denuded tree branches, a brown pup wading through belly-deep snow, and the beaming siblings flailing their limbs to make snow angels are simply perfect. And her kid-dialogue is perfection squared. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-Stella and her little brother, Sam, first introduced in Stella, Star of the Sea (Groundwood, 1999) return in a new adventure as Sam experiences his first snowstorm. As in the prior book, he is timid and plies his exuberant sister with myriad questions about what snowmen eat, how many snowflakes are in a snowball, etc. Stella's answers are an amusing combination of fact and fancy as she gently urges her brother to shed his fears and share her delight in the day. This is a charming story of successful sibling mentoring, simply but effectively told. Gay's line-and-watercolor illustrations flow across double-page spreads and complement both the humor and the message of the tale.
Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The story is cute and the illustrations are precious!
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Very sweet and fun story that is sure to inspire curiosty in little ones.
Jen
Both my 5-year old son AND by 3-year old daughter enjoy this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Meet Stella and Sam, sister and brother pair extrordainaire! Stella is older and wiser, with an imagination as firey and exuberant as her curly flame-red hair. Sam is younger, and a bit on the worried side. His favorite question is "WHY" and he asks it a LOT. His constant questions are prompted by watching his first snowstorm, which both intrigues and intimidates him. Stella introduces Sam to the magic of winter as she patiently answers his question and steals our hearts as she calms his fears. You'll both sympathize with Sam's dilemma (to go out and play or stay inside and watch?) and giggle at Stella's energy, imagination, and explainations ("the water is frozen like a giant silver popsicle"). The pictures are priceless and the dialogue is diverting. Definitely one of the newest, best books in children's literature.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book to read with your children. My daughter, age 2 3/4 loves this book, even though she has never seen snow. It evokes happy memories of snowy days from my childhood. The watercolor pictures are beautiful with just enough playful detail to keep interesting when reading again and again. This book is well written and well illustrated. Stella is fun, with lots of energy, like Olivia (Ian Falconer).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ROGER L. FOREMAN on February 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Stella certainly is the Queen of her Domain, which is the world inhabited by her brother and herself. With her flaming red hair (a visual highlight of the book), she rules the roost when Sam sees snow for the first time. Stella's explanations to Sam of how the world functions are occasionally accurate but more often creative, alternative, and imaginary. They provide for some great laughs for children old enough to know the truth (bears don't really eat snowflakes for breakfast, do they. . . ?). Their anonymous and silent dog follows their adventures through building a snowman, building a snow fort for a snowball fight, sledding, and making snow angels. The dialogue is very child-like, without being childish and condescending. It gives kids a voice to which they can probably relate, whether it's the supremely confident Stella or the more cautious Sam.
The book's watercolors are very cool! Gay captures the orange-red of Stella's hair, the "safe" green of Sam's snowsuit, and the traditional brown of their dog. She captures amazing detail without being overwhelming: leaves and birds on the tree branches, the other kids in the snowball fight, the trip up and then down the hill on the sleds, and the making of snow angels (the final picture of the dog is priceless!!). The complexity of the pictures matches the level of the dialogue---somewhere between the intense complexity of a Grame Base, for example, and the beautiful simplicity of Eric Carle. Gay is right on the money.
Bottom line: This is a great book for kids and their parents! Parents will enjoy reading of Stella's parallel universe, and kids who are old enough to do so will enjoy correcting her errors. It's a fun day with Stella and Sam.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shari Zychinski on February 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
stella, with her red hair and similar fiesty personality, is the PERFECT guide for both summer and winter fun. both my boys love her wacky, child-like and TRUE explanations of seahorses, snowbanks and fun to be had, either in a bathing suit or snowsuit. the illustrations are lovely, the text is true and the attraction for all is evident. this book should not be missed.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. The first time I read Stella, Star of the Sea I fell in love with Stella and Sam. I was so excited to see this new book. I am going to read it to my class as soon as possible. It is an excellent book. (Stella's pointed nose and round belly make the book a must buy!)
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Stella and her little brother Sam are charming; asking (Sam) and answering (Stella) whimsical questions. Parents and students alike love this series and tends to check out all of them at once... I need to order more to keep up with the demand! First grade reading level.
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By Eileen Wenger on March 23, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
These stories about Stella and her brother Sam are really cute! They are great for big sister whose little brothers are always asking a million questions. She is very patient and sweet! Fun fun books!
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By momof2angels on December 31, 2013
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Love Stella and Sam. Such a wonderful cartoon series that really teaches siblings to love and appreciate each other :). My kids really like these books too.
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