- File Size: 32927 KB
- Print Length: 69 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (June 9, 2020)
- Publication Date: June 9, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07ZRCKGC6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,365 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stella Endicott and the Anything-Is-Possible Poem: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Five Kindle Edition
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|Age Level: 6 - 9|
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—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
DiCamillo regularly uses advanced vocabulary and seamlessly weaves word definitions into the plot. With metaphor as a primary concept, this text could easily be used in a classroom curriculum. Van Dusen’s illustrations are delightful as always, and enhance the story with their humorous and exaggerated quality. An engaging and high quality book for young students that will appeal to reluctant and advanced readers alike.
—School Library Journal --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of many books for young readers, including The Circus Ship and Hattie & Hudson, and the illustrator of the Mercy Watson and Deckawoo Drive series. He lives in Maine. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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I received an advanced copy for my honest review.
Kate DiCamillo is on the top of my families list. We’ve always loved and enjoyed her stories, and Stella’s story was no exception. She was adorable and a joy to read about as she explored metaphors, made new friends, and learned important lessons along the way. Chris Van Dusen’s drawings are delightful in this story, especially the ones of Horace. My girls giggled every time his picture came up. Appropriate for elementary-aged children, Stella Endicott and the Anything-Is-Possible Poem is a delightful read and one that can be read over and over again.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
I loved discovering the Deckawoo Drive and Mercy Watson books years ago by Kate DiCamillo. I loved reading out loud to my children. We had many laughs and giggles while reading them. This is a fun addition to the Deckawoo Drive series and has a cameo by Mercy Watson who endeared herself to my family with her adventures.
Stella is a determined little girl. I thought this was written very well from her perspective. Especially as she is trying to make sense of things happening around her. From school and her teacher, to her classmate. She takes experiences and moments from her life and processes them into the situations she finds herself in. With a writing assignment given to her class by their teacher, Miss Lilliana, Stella sets out to understand and write a poem. What she thinks is wonderful isn't always thought of as wonderful by others. There's moments of hurt and uncertainty. But I loved Stella's tenacity to power through thanks to her friends and their past conversations.
Stella finds herself learning, going on a mini adventure and developing friendships where she didn't know she would. I think many kids will thoroughly enjoy this adventure. I was a little unsure about some of the adult characters on my initial read through. But after thinking about it some more, we all encounter many different personalities throughout our lives and this shows Stella doing that very thing.
I received a copy from the publisher, Candlewick Press, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.
I was already in love with the Mercy Watson characters so I knew this was going to be a fun book. If you are in second grade or have ever been in second grade I think you can certainly identify with our main characters, Stella and Horace.
Stella SuZanne Endicott loves her teacher, Miss Liliana, and she is thrilled when the class is assigned to write a poem. Stella crafts a beautiful poem about Mercy Watson, the beloved pig next door. The poem is to contain a metaphor which proves no problem for Stella. But Horace Broom, Stella’s irritating classmate, insists that Stella’s poem just wrong and her reference to the pig next door cannot be true. He insists that pigs do not live in houses and most definitely do not sit on couches. This difference results in a shouting match in the classroom. Miss Liliana sends them to the dreaded principal’s office. Along the way, the two encounter a school bully, Mr. Clyde Murphy, maintenance engineer, then the scary principal’s secretary, Mrs. Shirley. By now they are too terrified to see Mr. J. Tinwiddie school principal. Horace is more dramatic than Stella and bemoans that his life is over. As the two abscond the principal’s office there are some surprising occurrences on their journey to being readmitted to the second grade classroom.
The illustrations enhance this story of friendship and understanding. Lots of interesting vocabulary awaits the reader.