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Stella, Princess of the Sky: 07/26/11

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Stella, Princess of the Sky by Marie-Louise Gay is one of the Stella and Sam series of books. I included on my list of astronomy themed books for children ages 5 to 8.

The book begins with a conversation between Stella and Sam about the sunset and how the sky changes over the course of the day. It prompts the children to stay out that night, camping under the stars. They observe the sky above and the animals around them.

The illustrations capture the changing colors of the night: pastel oranges and pinks at sunset, deepening purples to blues as it gets later and brilliant whites for the stars. The question and answer approach of Sam and Stella's conversation can inspire children and parents to make their own observations about what they see and hear at night time.

It's more than just a book out basic backyard astronomy. There's also good talking points about nocturnal animals and other night time things. This book would do well in any number of themes that teachers or parents might have in mind.

Four stars.

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Comment #1: Saturday, July, 30, 2011 at 14:55:49


I love the Stella and Sam books, as well as the new tv show. They are very imaginative and highlight how much fun it can be to get out and be active.

Comment #2: Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 23:14:45


I've only read the one book. I didn't even know about the TV show. I hardly watch any TV any more.

Comment #3: Sunday, July, 31, 2011 at 10:31:34


Love the Stella and Sam books! I bought a set of four mini books last year for my niece who was named for my grandmother, Stella. :)

Comment #4: Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 23:16:03


I've only read this one book but I will read others if I find them at the library.

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