- Age Range: 6 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 3
- Lexile Measure: 560 (What's this?)
- Series: Stella and the Night Sprites (Book 1)
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (January 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545819989
- ISBN-13: 978-0545819985
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Knit-Knotters: A Branches Book (Stella and the Night Sprites #1) Paperback – January 26, 2016
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Stella and the Knit-Knotters is a perfect book for girly-girls, crafty girls and fantasy fans. Stella likes dolls and beads and doing crafts. This first story in the series is simple and sweet, but contains a real problem that Stella has to solve. Beginning readers will enjoy moving up to chapters with this series.
So, while she was doing other things (okay...minecraft), I picked it up and started reading it aloud. Within minutes, minecraft was forgotten, she had taken the book out of my hands, and she was off on an adventure...with some very naughty sprites.
She loved the adventure of it and it was nice reading about characters who weren't always sweet and perfect (though Stella was very nice).
Now, my daughter doesn't wear glasses, but I think that a child who does need to get glasses would relate to Stella in the story. And best of all, in spite of the pretty cover, the book is just as exciting to boys.
A good adventure for your beginning chapter book reader!
With all books of this level I tend to start with a disclaimer that writing for this age group/reading level is admittedly extremely challenging. The words need to be simple, the type needs to be large, there needs to be pictures on each page and the book needs to be short enough not to be intimidating. On the other hand, kids this age are ready for interesting and suspenseful plot lines, developed characters and moral dilemmas – a tall order for a 90 page book. And furthermore, these books are really targeted for a very narrow range. As mentioned, this book is already too easy for my third grader, but well above my first grader’s ability.
With all of that said, I think this book pulled off the demands of this type of book reasonably well, with a caveat. The story is engaging enough and Stella is basically a sympathetic character. Stella is going to pick up her new glasses and, of course, she’s worried about what everyone will think (even though glasses are so common these days that no one really worries about it anymore). While she’s picking up her glasses she runs into an interesting lady also picking up her own glasses.
Perhaps that fleeting encounter had some lasting repercussions though. As Stella is getting ready for bed, she starts seeing things. Or is she? Is that tiny blue flying girl really real? Thanks to her new glasses, Stella meets Trixie (why is every pixie/fairy/sprite character always named Trixie?) the Knit Knotter. Knit Knotters are the reason why getting a comb through your daughter’s hair every morning is such a chore. Other night sprites have other pranking jobs, such as hiding your socks or smelling up your shoes.
This book meanders around a very important issue, but never addresses it directly. Trixie and her colleagues do what they do because they’ve been ordered to do so by a human-looking fairy who runs the beauty parlor, Mary. It seems business has been a bit slow, so she needs to drum some up, and what better way than knotting up little girls’ hair so their mothers will force them to get haircuts? Trixie never seems to consider the morality of her actions and, when confronted, justifies herself by saying that she needs to earn her bows. I really wish Trixie had realized that what she was doing was wrong and not worth it. There could even have been a scene in which the night sprites stand up to Mary. Perhaps a lesson on the difficulty of standing up and doing what’s right. Instead, Stella devises a different way for the night sprites to earn their bows and basically bribes them into cooperating with her. The easy way out. And of course everything ends happily ever after.
This isn’t a bad book for the target audience, but even for this age group, the book could have been more. I think the target audience will like it and it’s not inappropriate, just not as powerful as it could be.
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Ideal for: 1st Grade.
This book was an instant hit with my 7 yo daughter. She absolutely loved it.Read more