Stella's Starliner (Hardcover)
Claire's Staff Pick (May 2014): Stella lives in a trailer, filled with hiding places and special buttons – but she is embarrased! Her friends tease her that she must be poor, but a little adventure helps Stella see how special her tiny home really is.
This book hits close to the heart as my husband and I are currently living in an airstream just like Stella! We too are learning the joy of a simple and mobile life.— From Claire's Picks
Though she is teased about her silver trailer home, a little girl never loses sight of life's true gifts in Rosemary Wells's sensitive, ultimately uplifting story. Stella lives in a sparkling home on wheels that's as silver as a comet in the sky. Inside are lots of cupboards and hiding places, and even a sofa that turns into a bed Her home is called the Starliner, and it has everything Stella and her mama and daddy need to be happy. Until, that is, some big weasels pop up along the road, saying mean things about the Starliner. Mama comes to soothe away the hurt, and Daddy hitches their home to a truck and drives it away to a brand-new place, where Stella meets friends who are as enchanted as she is with her shiny home. Happily, one person's old tin can is truly another person's silver palace.
About the Author
Rosemary Wells has written and/or illustrated more than 120 books for children and has received many awards. She is the author-illustrator of Love Waves, the creator of the Max and Ruby stories, and the illustrator of My Very First Mother Goose and Here Comes Mother Goose, both edited by Iona Opie. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.
[A] gorgeous, good-hearted book.
—The New York Times Book Review
As income inequality takes it toll on more and more children, this story and its heroine are an important reminder of just how resilient families can -- and must -- be.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
There’s much to admire in both the art and the story. The text is simply written but precise. ... Created using watercolor, gouache, pastel, ink, and colored pencil, the lovely illustrations create a sense of order, safety, and wonder in Stella’s world. This evocative picture book makes an absorbing read-aloud choice for young children.
—Booklist (starred review)
Wells’ winsome animal characters are charming, as always... The casual, colloquial tone suits the simple tale beautifully. ... [T]he variously sized mixed-media illustrations are captivating, featuring lush forests, starry nights, expressive faces and delightful details.
Wells’s illustrations (rendered in watercolor, gouache, pastel, ink, and colored pencil) appear against a summer country landscape alive with swirling stars and sun-dappled trees. While reading this book, children will realize that it’s not the size of one’s house that makes a happy home; it’s the love inside it.
—School Library Journal
Packaged within silver starry-sky endpapers, the illustrations (in watercolor, gouache, pastel, ink, and colored pencil on sanded paper) vary in size from spot art to a striking double-page spread of the flying Starliner. Backgrounds are full of symbols that deepen the story, and words and images work effectively together to develop the setting and this loving family looking out for one another.
—The Horn Book
Many kids will share Stella’s love for a compact and mobile dwelling, and the book vividly depicts the joys of her cozy life... The art has that famous Wells combination of adorableness and artistry; the starry motif, which has a Van Gogh flavor at times, is echoed in delicate pointillism in the landscape detailing. Gleaming silver framing or borders accent most of the spreads, adding to the magic of Stella’s silver home and enhancing appeal for viewers.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
When you are small, there is nothing quite like the awful feeling of having your home or family mocked. It can leave an ache that lingers for years. Rosemary Wells puts a gentle finger on the exact point of pain—and relieves it—in "Stella's Starliner," a picture book for 4- to 8-year-olds filled with vibrant, emotionally resonant illustrations. ... Sensitive and visually delightful pages.
—The Wall Street Journal