When Stella was Very, Very Small

In this book in the Stella and Sam series, Marie Louise Gay has gone back in time to answer the questions often asked by the children who read and love the books.Where does Stella get her wild ideas How big is Stella s imagination What did Stella look like when she was small How did Stella come to be the big sister to Sam that we all know and love Although Marie LouiseIn this book in the Stella and Sam series, Marie Louise Gay has gone back in time to answer the questions often asked by the children who read and love the books.Where does Stella get her wild ideas How big is Stella s imagination What did Stella look like when she was small How did Stella come to be the big sister to Sam that we all know and love Although Marie Louise Gay didn t know what she would find when she started to explore Stella s childhood, she soon realized that when Stella was very small, she saw the world in her own unique way with wonder, curiosity and the sense that everything is possible And when Sam came along, what could be natural than to pass this sense of wonder on to him A story of a lovely, tiny Stella, whose world is full of small adventures and slivers of magic.
When Stella was Very Very Small In this book in the Stella and Sam series Marie Louise Gay has gone back in time to answer the questions often asked by the children who read and love the books Where does Stella get her wild ideas H

  • Title: When Stella was Very, Very Small
  • Author: Marie-Louise Gay
  • ISBN: 9780888999061
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “When Stella was Very, Very Small”

    1. Lovely series about a very imaginative girl and her little, cautious brother. Highly recommended. There are also short 10 minute videos on-line, which come in very handy when putting a granddaughter's little brother down for a nap. :-)

    2. Stella is a bold and gentle character, and I like how the writer plays with ideas of baby consciousness in this one.

    3. After several Stella books and some Sam books too, readers will get the treat of seeing a much younger Stella in this new picture book. A tiny version of the imaginative Stella moves quickly from one imaginative idea to the next. Stella races her rubber ducks in the bathtub, listens to the stories the trees tell in the wind, and explores the jungle of tall grass in her backyard. By the end of the book, Stella is bigger and Sam has appeared so she has someone to share her stories and imagination [...]

    4. Read aloud with 2nd and 3rd year lower elementary. They quite enjoyed this one and loved watching Stella grow in the illustrations.

    5. When Stella Was Very, Very Small was recommended to me by a library tech. at the branch I subbed in for two days a couple of weeks ago. It is apparently part of an entire series of adventures about Stella and Sam, a red-haired girl and her little brother. It was also apparently reviewed in School Library Journal by my library system’s children’s collections librarian, which was a nice thing to see when I looked it up on .Stella, now a preschooler, looks back on her short life so far to take [...]

    6. I loved this book. What a beautiful portrayal of growing into young girlhood. I bought it at the local library for my grand-niece, a little Stella just like this.

    7. Marie-Louise Gay has gone back in time to answer the questions often asked by the children who read and love her Stella books. Where does Stella get her wild ideas? How big is Stella’s imagination? What did Stella look like when she was small? How did Stella come to be the big sister to Sam? Although Gay didn’t know what she would find when she started to explore Stella’s childhood, she soon realized that when Stella was very small, she saw the world in her own unique way — with wonder, [...]

    8. Another fun and imaginative Stella and Sam book from Marie-Louise Gay. It shows the world from the perspective of a toddler, and not just any toddler - Stella. Before Stella became Princess of the Sky or Star of the Sea, she was very, very small, so small she thought she was a turtle, then a goldfish, but being a dog was better. The sweet illustrations portray Stella in clothes that match both turtle and goldfish. Stella imagines that she can see the whole world from her living room couch, that [...]

    9. Before seeing a couple of reviews on here just now I had no idea about any other books with the character Stella. I happened to come across this at the library last week and picked it up only because it looked cute. I'm going to look for a few more today when we go back know that I know there are more.Being that neither Julia or I had read anything with Stella in it before I can definitely say this book can stand alone or be read first. I never got an inkling that this was a companion book. Juli [...]

    10. To look back and see how far we come is so human. That's what Stella does in this sweet book about the perceptions of a tiny, imagination-rich child as she explores her big world, then, as she grows, looks back to see all she did not know or understand then. This is a book to read to a child and relish the conversation it inspires. I'm thinking of a particular big sister who is watching little sister learn what she is proud to already know. It will be fun to share it with her and just as much fu [...]

    11. I have always loved Gay's Stella illustrations, and this book is no exceptions. I don't think the intended audience will care much for this book, however. It is a reminiscence of a post-toddler's earlier life, and I don't see how the picture book crowd will care what happens. This is the kind of book that adults write for themselves without realizing (or caring) that the audience won't enjoy it.

    12. Remember when you were a kid and things seemed so much bigger and more beautiful? That is what this book is about. This is the first Stella book I have read and I loved it. I bought all the Stella books for my library because someone I trust recommended them. So glad I listened! Parents will love this book too because it will remind them of things their children said and did when they were little. Reminded me that when my son was three he wanted to grow up and become a butterfly!

    13. hen Stella was very, very small, she thought she was a turtle, then a goldfish", etc When she was small she thought her bath tub was a "olympic-sized pool and raced against her rubber ducks. "Stella always won. She also thought that "words looked like ants running of the pages.When Stella was big read my full review here

    14. I had to pass a half an hour waiting for my work at Staples to be ready, so I read children's books at Mr. Paperback looking for a special birth day book for Natalie. I had read another Stella book before. I enjoyed how this book showed the different in perception between when we are very young vs. just young. Cute illustrations.

    15. Marie-Louise Gay's illustrations are among the best in today's children's books, and we love Stella utterly. A fun little story that is a nice opportunity to talk about growing up, changing, learning to do things we couldn't before, as well as perspectives.

    16. I didn't really connect with this one, and after looking at the other reviews, I think I know why. This book is apparently part of a seriesd I'm not sure I've read any other Stella books. I'll have to look into that and reevaluate this one later.

    17. This was such a cute book about how everything can seem big when you're small and how it becomes smaller when you grow up.I would definitely use this book in my classroom, and I think this book is really good to use for the ages 3-4.

    18. This book examines the difference in behavior between a young child and a very young child. This would be especially good for a children about to have younger siblings so they can remember what it was like to be small, and they can celebrate their growth.

    19. I adore Stella and her brother Sam. This particular one has such poignancy to it along with the usual Stella magic. I love that she now carries the dog around like a sack of potatoes. Priceless imagery.

    20. My daughter and I love the Stella & Sam books by Marie-Louise Gay. The stories and illustrations are whimsical. They tell a story of wondrous childhood.

    21. Favourite quotes:When Stella was very, very small, she thought she was a turtle. And once when Stella was very, very small, it snowed so much the whole world disappeared.

    22. This was just beautiful. Recommend for a young child (say 5) who would enjoy 'looking back' on their life so far, and how far they've come.

    23. The world looks entirely different when you are very small, and this book really illustrates that difference in perspective.

    24. I absolutely adore the Stella and Sam books by Marie-Louise Gay. Oh Stella, would you and Sam like to come live at my house?

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