Story time is the best time of the day. Whether we're snuggled up on the couch or cozy in our pjs before bed, reading stories with my little ones is one of my favorite things to do. Everyone has a favorite book they remember from their childhood, and every day, parents and kids are discovering new classics of their own. There are many fabulous children's books out there, some of which everyone knows about and others we would have never discovered had my son not simply pulled a random book off a library shelf. I created this blog to share some of these wonderful stories with you. Think of it as a year's worth of the best children's books around, since no day should be without a great story. In the end, I hope we'll all have discovered at least a few new titles that will have made their way onto our list of family favorites. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Day 83: Stella, Star of the Sea

To me, the beach and summer go hand in hand.  I can't imagine a better way to spend a summer day than strolling along the shore, feeling the sand between my toes, and taking a swim in the cool ocean waves.  I also realized recently that few things make me happier than watching my children play together along the water's edge.  When I asked some friends of the blog about their favorite summer reads, Sharon Cerasoli recommended Stella, Star of the Sea.  I love suggestions from fellow book lovers so couldn't wait to check it out.  We borrowed it from our local library the other day and my son and I both love it!  Thank you so much for sharing, Sharon!  Stella and her brother Sam are spending a day at the seashore.  It is Sam's very first time, and he's a bit nervous.  The sea is big and noisy.  The water is cold.  He's quite hesitant to go in, but not Stella!  She loves the sea!  "She had seen the sea once, before Sam was born," so of course, "She knew all its secrets."  Worrywart Sam asks his sister question after question, and each time, Stella has a delightful reply that is sure to bring a smile to your face.  "Where do starfish come from?" asked Sam.  "From the sky," answered Stella.  "Starfish are shooting stars that fell in love with the sea."  They find shells of all kinds, dig a hole to China, and fish from the pier, little brother asking questions all the while.  "Do you think there are sharks in the sea?...  Does a seahorse neigh?... Does a parrotfish swim? Or does it fly and squawk?"  Stella continues to reply with her matter-of-fact simplicity, until finally, her carefree nature and zest rub off on Sam and he takes the plunge!  I love the relationship between these two siblings and the illustrations are as fabulous as the story itself.  I especially love the kids' cute, round bellies and Stella's flaming red hair.  If you're looking for another great summertime read, I highly recommend this book.  There are others in the Stella series, too.  I can't wait to look them up!


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