Book: Stella Star Of The Sea by Marie-Louise Gay
Ages: 4-8 (though I’ll admit to reading as an adult)
Quote: “Where do starfish come from?” asked Sam. “From the sky,” answered Stella. “Starfish are shooting stars that fell in love with the sea.” “weren’t the stars afraid of drowning?” asked Sam. “No”, said Stella. “They all learned how to swim.”
Stella Star Of The Sea is one of my all-time favourite books. It explores the relationship of a brother (Sam) and sister (Stella) as they explore the seaside. Sam asks all sorts of questions as he delays getting into the water, while Stella has a creative answer for them all as she encourages her brother. It highlights the curiosity of children and the need to imagine and explore.
You could use this book as a read-outloud prior to an ocean or sea-creature unit. Many ocean creatures are mentioned, and students can try to find them in the illustrations. It can also be used to have a discussion about how trying new things can sometimes feel scary, but eventually when we’re brave enough to try them they can be wonderful.
All in all this book will give you the warm fuzzies as you meet Stella and fall in love with her sunny character.
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