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Stella and Roy Hardcover – July 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition (July 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525450815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525450818
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,080,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In the park one Sunday, Stella challenges her younger brother to a race around the lake. Given that she is riding a big-wheel trike while Roy's toddler-style four-wheeler is pushed rather than peddled ("It was built for coasting," the narrator explains), Stella's victory seems certain. But the curious girl is distracted by several natural displays, among them an assembly of turtles, gulls and a frog; a group of fish in a pool below a waterfall; a gaggle of friendly geese; and a policewoman's horse. Roy wins the race, but he shares his prize--a box of popcorn--with his sister. Far more impressive than Wolff's ( A Year of Birds ; Come with Me ) pleasant though somewhat thin plot line are her polished linoleum block prints, hand-tinted with watercolor. Featuring the fresh, earthy colors of spring, these distinctive illustrations convey both the motion of the children and the still beauty of the park. Ages 2-5.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1?In true "Hare and Tortoise" fashion, older, overconfident Stella takes her time pedaling round a lake, stopping to check out the flora and fauna, while toddler Roy repeatedly rolls "right on by." The luminously tinted linoleum prints perfectly capture the thrill of the race.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

I am a children's book author and illustrator in San Francisco, CA. I have lived in the same neighborhood and house for almost 18 years and am lucky enough to work right upstairs in an extra bedroom. I am married to a newspaper reporter and the mother of two teenage boys and a border collie named Lucy. I have created over 40 books, all done in Northern CA, but set all over the world, including in my home state of Vermont, where I had a wonderful country childhood. I still love to be outdoors, whether gardening, watching birds or hiking and skiing.

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Format: Hardcover
A nice retelling of the classic Aesop's fable, "The Tortoise And The Hare," with two siblings in the race, instead of two critters. Cute! (ReadThatAgain)
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I was very pleased with how quickly I recieved my book. I cannot begin to tell you how much the recipient enjoyed this book, she was my aunt who passed recently (cancer) and this was her favorite book in the whole world! Thank you!!!
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The story of Stella's and Roy's fun in the park is entertaining, and the illustrations are outstanding. You and your child will enjoy following the kids around the circular path and examining the illustrations for their details.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Growing up in San Francisco produces a complex reality for most young readers. Although books convince the child that summers are a time for swimming, fire flies and warm weather activities, any native child knows that summertime is a time for fog. In the winter it doesn't snow, despite books portraying this event. Ashley Wolff has given kids a West Coast book in which Golden Gate Park shimmers in the sunlight on a winter day, kids roller skate, matrons walk their dogs...a delightful book, sure to charm both natives and our many visitors.
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