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Stella's Starliner Hardcover – March 25, 2014

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PreS-Gr 2—Stella, a red fox, is proud of her family's trailer home. It has cozy corners, fun hiding places, and a color that resembles the stars. When some older weasels call it a tin can, she hides her sadness at their hurtful comments from her mom so she won't "feel the stings, too." The problem is resolved, though, as the trailer home takes flight to a new location, where Stella meets new friends, in what appears to be a vivid fantasy sequence. The small camper that looked cheap to the weasels makes her new playmates envious. With bunnies Grace and Stumpy sharing a meal with her in the trailer, Stella feels like a "squillionaire" once again. Wells's illustrations (rendered in watercolor, gouache, pastel, ink, and colored pencil) appear against a summer country landscape alive with swirling stars and sun-dappled trees. While reading this book, children will realize that it's not the size of one's house that makes a happy home; it's the love inside it.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada

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*Starred Review* Stella, a little fox, lives with her parents in the Starliner, a trailer that’s neat and cozy on the inside and shiny silver on the outside. She and her mama spend a contented day together, visiting the farmers’ market and the bookmobile. But when some mean weasels pass by after school, they stop to taunt Stella, calling her poor and her home a “tin can.” Stung by their cruel words, Stella cannot eat or sleep. That night, she confides in her mother, who points out that the trailer is moving. The next morning, they arrive in a tropical setting, where two new bunny friends admire Stella’s silver home. While the journey section has an ambiguous, dreamlike quality, as though representing the wish to flee whenever words or deeds cause pain, there’s much to admire in both the art and the story. The text is simply written but precise. When the weasels tease the little fox, “their words sting Stella’s heart like the stings of bees”—a memorable image. Created using watercolor, gouache, pastel, ink, and colored pencil, the lovely illustrations convey a sense of order, safety, and wonder in Stella’s world. This evocative picture book makes an absorbing read-aloud choice for young children.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Something new from the creator of Max and Ruby, and countless other beloved stories, is sure to be in demand. Preschool-Grade 3. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD530L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763614955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763614959
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Giancola on March 26, 2014
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As a preschool teacher and a fan of vintage travel trailers as well as Rosemary Wells, I had to have this book. Beautiful artwork, and a nice little story about how one man's trash is another man's treasure. At first I was a little surprised that there was no real conflict resolution between Stella and the weasels, because Stellas' family simply moved to another location the next day. But then I realized that sometimes you just can't change the weasels of the world, and it's better to move on and leave the "haters" behind. And that can be a very important lesson for all of us. Lovely little story, and I highly recommend it!
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My five-year-old and I really enjoyed Rosemary Well's newest book, which tucks a deep message into a sweet, sparkling picture book. Stella is not rich in material possessions, but has a life rich with pancake breakfasts, bookmobile visits and weekend fishing trips. Cherished by her mom and dad, Stella feels secure in knowing she "had everything she needed in her silver home." Nothing can shake her idyllic childhood until a band of sneering weasel bullies berates poor Stella and her silver home. Their jokes "stung Stella's heart like the sting of bees." (After just one read through this book, my son recited that line back to me.) I won't give away the ending, which, of course, is a happy one. Just as cruel words can cause people to see their glasses half empty, some encouragement can set things right. This book can help children see that happiness is not in wealth, having stuff or pleasing everyone. It also promotes loving family relationships, finding joy in the little things and speaking positively.
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The story line is a lesson in tolerance and the illustrations make you and your young ones fall in love with Stella and her nifty lifestyle. I own an RV and this story was a cute read who know "east or west home is best"!
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It is about time someone created a picture book about a family who lives in a trailer or mobile home. This wonderful story shows how Stella loves her compact home. Stella is quite happy with her lifestyle until some other children, some nasty weasels, make fun of her trailer home. At this point it is time for the Stella's parents need to do some damage control but they are able to set things right and Stella is happy again.

Rosemary Wells calls attention to a situation which seldom if ever is discussed in children's books. Bravo! Not everyone lives in a house or apartment but that doesn't mean that that individual is a second class citizen because she resides in a trailer/mobile home. When Stella's feelings are hurt we emphasize with her and realize how insensitive some people (and children) can be. It all turns out well, though, and Stella connects with some other youngsters who think her small house is pretty special.

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