Marie-Louise Gay published Stella, Star of the Sea more
than ten years ago. It was an immediate hit, and since then she has
written and illustrated four more books featuring the engaging,
red-headed heroine, Stella, and her little brother, Sam -
Stella, Queen of the Snow; Stella, Fairy of the
Forest; Stella, Princess of the Sky and, most
recently, When Stella Was Very, Very Small. With gentle
humor, freshness, a sense of whimsy and exquisite watercolors,
Marie-Louise Gay gives us stories about two young siblings
discovering their world. Here at last are all five books bound into
one delightful volume. The treasury contains new art for the cover
and opening page as well as new decorative line art.
When Stella Was Very, Very Small
"When Stella was very, very small, she thought she was a turtle.
She also thought that trees could talk and that words were like
ants running off the pages of her books." This is the story of a
lovely tiny Stella, whose world is full of small adventures and
slivers of magic. And she delights in sharing it all with Sam when
he comes along.
Stella, Star of the Sea
Stella and Sam are spending the day at the sea. Stella has been
to the sea before and knows all its secrets, but Sam has many
questions...and Stella has an answer for them all. The only thing
she isn't sure of, and neither are we, is whether Sam will
ever come into the water.
Stella, Queen of the Snow
Winter was never so magical as in this marvelous book about
Stella and Sam discovering a familiar landscape transformed by a
heavy snowfall. Stella delights in showing Sam the many pleasures
of a beautiful winter's day, from skating and sledding to
making snow angels in a fluffy, white magical world.
Stella, Fairy of the Forest
Little brother Sam wonders whether fairies are invisible. Stella
assures him that she has seen hundreds of them and says that if she
and Sam venture across the meadow and into the forest, they are
likely to find some. But Sam surprises Stella and himself by having
a few ideas of his own - ideas that ensure a wonderful end to a
perfect day in the woods.
Stella, Princess of the Sky
Stella and Sam explore the wonders of the natural world. A vast
luminous sky, the sun, the stars and the rising moon form the
backdrop for their nocturnal expedition. As they encounter
raccoons, fireflies, tree frogs and bats, Sam wonders if the moon
can swim, if the sun wears pajamas or if he can catch shooting
stars with his butterfly net. Stella, as always, has an answer for