Stella: Fairy of the Forest
Stella: Fairy of the Forest

Series: Stella & Sam   

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Annotation: Stella and her little brother, Sam, explore the magic of the forest.
Catalog Number: #74920
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Groundwood Books
Copyright Date: 2002
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-88899-993-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-72696-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-88899-993-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-72696-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 99488163
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Imaginative, high-energy Stella, curly red hair streaming behind her, is back, once again playing teacher to her inquisitive little brother, Sam. It's summer--the trees are green and flowers dot the meadow--but it's fairies Sam wants to know about. Even so, Stella manages to pique his curiosity about other things-- from butterflies to sheep--as she leads him into the cool forest, where they talk about trees (Are they older than Grandma?) before getting down to the business of fairies--in time for Sam to take a turn at being teacher. Canadian author Gay invests this with the same warmth and charm she worked into Stella and Sam's previous adventures. Her freewheeling ink-and-watercolor illustrations are delightful, and it's obvious from the knowing text that she has listened to conversations between kids. Stella and Sam, so different, relish their respective roles and obviously love one another; they always seem to find something to share in their circumscribed but ever-intriguing world.
Horn Book
In the third book about Stella and Sam, intrepid Stella leads her younger brother through the forest in search of fairies. Sam's fears are always assuaged by his confident sister, whose bubbling enthusiasm persists even in the face of small setbacks. Ultimately, Stella's courage proves contagious. Both text and illustrations capture the wonders of the outdoors from a child's perspective.
Publishers Weekly
The fiery redheaded star of Stella, Star of the Sea and Stella, Queen of the Snow, returns to lead her little brother Sam on an adventurous romp through the woods in Stella, Fairy of the Forest by Marie-Louise Gay. Turns out, he's not as timid as he seems. (Mar.)
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 1-Once again, irrepressible Stella guides her timid and trusting younger brother on a journey through the natural world. While her quick imagination results in immediate joy in her surroundings, Sam's careful questioning and simple reluctance lead him slowly to join in his sister's appreciation of forest magic. Stella always has the answer in natural sibling chatter as little brother tries mightily to keep up with her and understand her unique explanations. Sam asks, "Do butterflies eat butter?" With Stella's reply that "Yellow butterflies do," Sam simply concludes "blue butterflies eat pieces of sky." The author's flowing pen-and-ink and watercolor artwork offers rich interpretation of the children's journey and provides a variety of perspectives and details. The book perfectly depicts the independence and innocence of its characters, and the fluidity of the art matches the young heroine's joie de vivre. Expressions achieved with minimal pen strokes give personality to even the tiniest forest creatures, but readers' eyes are always drawn to the free-spirited Stella and her flowing red hair. A visual treasure for reading aloud.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Word Count: 409
Reading Level: 1.8
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 55974 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.1 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q32867
Lexile: AD440L
Guided Reading Level: R
Fountas & Pinnell: R

Stella's little brother Sam wonders whether fairies are invisible. Stella assures him that she has seen hundreds of them and that if she and Sam venture across the meadow and into the forest, they are likely to find some. So begins another adventure in the Stella and Sam series about the irrepressible red-head, and her slightly apprehensive little brother.

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