Happy Sunday, y'all! Just popping in, before we're out the door for church and May completely gets away from me, to share this month's For the Love of Books pick. I can hardly believe school is over, and the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are upon us. I thought it only fitting to pick a book celebrating such. This one is written for children ages two to five and packed to the brim with such beautifully detailed, pencil and watercolor drawings, that they make it easy to get lost in its delightfully glorious, imaginary world.
Stella: Star of the Sea, written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay, tells the story of a sister and brother who couldn't be any more different. Stella has been to the sea before, but "it was Sam's very first time." Stella finds it beautiful. Sam thinks it's "big and noisy." Stella jumps right in, but Sam cautiously and pensively watches from the shore. Stella "knew all its secrets," and Sam was full of questions about it. "Is the water cold? Is it deep? Are there any sea monsters? Where do starfish come from?" Stella's imaginative answers to Sam's endless questions are sure to make its readers smile and drive Stella to a conclusive, "Sam!! Are you ever coming in?", to which Sam responds with an exhilarated, "YES!", and a sprint for the sea.
Sam reminds me so much of my little bear right now. His reply to literally EVERYTHING is "why?". It can be a bit maddening at times, but I know he's still experiencing many things for the very first time. Maybe he's as confused and circumspect as Sam and still trying to let go of our school-year routines and enjoy all the pleasures of summer. I could learn a lot from Stella's patient replies.
Thanks so much for reading! Throw all caution to the wind; let your hair down; and enjoy the summer sunshine, friends! Hugs!