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Stella is a Star: With CD Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 7, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books; Har/Com edition (April 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609050088
  • ASIN: B005DI6Z1W
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,541,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—Stella is a lonely pit bull who uses a crown and fake tail to masquerade as a pig princess in order to join a dance class and meet friends. Her classmates are skeptical about her porcine roots but are interrupted by elegant Madame Cochon, who drills the youngsters and Stella for an important recital. Stella's initial clumsiness disappears with her faithful practice of pirouettes, pliés, and jetés. When the show's star is injured, Madame selects her to perform the famous "32 perfect turns." Despite dreading the necessity of removing the crown she believes hides her identity, Stella is a grand success on stage, and she learns that everyone knew all along she was neither a princess nor a pig. The final page has lyrics for a "follow your dream" song. Peters reads the story and sings the song on the accompanying CD. Murphy's paintings with collage provide all the ideals of ballet, from frothy tutus to embroidered bodices, and her animals' expressions are priceless. Her upright pigs in leotards are graceful and Madame's stern expressions are flawless. Although the concluding song's lyrics are cumbersome and on the verge of saccharine, this story will please ballet fans, and any little girls who have felt left out.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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About the Author

Bernadette Peters has led a dazzling career on Broadway and in theaters and concert halls around the world, playing such memorable roles as the witch in Into the Woods and Mama Rose in Gypsy. She is the cofounder, with Mary Tyler Moore, of Broadway Barks, a charity that finds homes for shelter animals. Her passion for animals is the inspiration behind this book.

Liz Murphy was born in England and lives with her family in Montclair, New Jersey. She is a graduate of the Kingston Art College, where she majored in graphic design.

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The story line and illustrations were very good.
Jane L. Verdin
Like Broadway Barks, this book also comes with a companion audio cd featuring Bernadette reading the story and performing a lovely song she composed herself.
Sarah B. Roberts
Bought the book for my grand daughter for Christmas.
Teri

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By T. Snow on April 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Stella is a Star really does teach your child self-acceptance and to follow one's dreams. It teaches your child that if they are motivated and positive, they can accomplish anything. The story is written perfectly so that your child can understand the point it is trying to get across. My son immediately started asking questions regarding Stella and why she wanted to be a pig rather than a dog. This gave me the opportunity as a mother to teach some of these important life lessons.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Abigail Hubbard on July 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love the fact that Peters was inspired to write this book by her rescued pit mix. Any book that brings a good name to this wonderful breed is a winner to me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Whitney on December 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love Bernadette Peters and heard about this book in an interview she gave. I bought this book for my niece and was very pleased. I enjoyed the overall theme of the book as well as the illustrations. Also, I really like that a portion of the proceeds from this book go to benefit the Broadway Barks charity, which promote the adoption of shelter animals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Wall on September 19, 2010
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I love this book,I will read it to my new Grandaughter when she is a little older.I have a loving pit bull terrier.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Baba on September 30, 2010
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Cute book! Arrived quickly and was all I expected. Heard about it on Broadway and liked the theme and the art.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sigrid Kanniainen on July 29, 2010
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Excellent narrative and accompanying CD. A wonderful lesson embedded for children to build self esteem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Harner on August 17, 2010
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I loved this book. Bought it for my neice for her birthday and haven't heard back from her yet but I always read the books I give as gifts and I read this to my dog (lol) who "seemed" interested and I loved it. Thought it was very sweet with a good message. Didn't check out the CD that came with but am waiting to hear what my little 7 yr old neice thinks. I bought both of the books.
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