Stella's dancing days

by Asher, Sandy.

Format: Print Book 2001
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
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Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB ASHER Sandy
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PB ASHER Sandy
Hampton Community Library Juvenile Picture Book CATS & DOGS JPIC ASHER
Location  Hampton Community Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Picture Book j PICT BK ASH
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Call Number  j PICT BK ASH
A tender family story that will dance into your heart.
Stella is a kitten who loves to dance. But as she grows up, Stella dances less and less. Has she lost her passion for pirouettes and pliés? Or is she just busy with other things, like stalking bugs, soaking up the sunshine--and finding a quiet place to have her kittens?
With warmth and charm that recalls the best-loved classics of children's literature, Stella's story of growing up is perfect for families to share.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 3^-6. Stella the kitten comes to live with a family consisting of the Tall One (older brother), the Gentle One (sister), the Littlest One with the Loudest Voice (baby brother), the Fuzzy One with Floppy Ears (dog), and assorted, unnamed grown-ups. From a bouncy, dancing kitten, Stella grows into a cat who likes to stalk bugs, sit upon windowsills, and sing night songs with the neighbor cats. In time, she becomes a mother to six kittens, who all love to dance. The cat's-eye view reflected in the family members' names is just one example of the light, precise language in this well-crafted picture book. Brown, the illustrator of Mem Fox's Tough Boris (1994), captures the winsome spirit of the text in a series of expressive ink drawings brightened with watercolor washes. Though the artwork has a certain delicacy, it also has underlying strength. On page after page, individual scenes come to life through well-observed detail, from the grin of a preschooler happily carrying Stella to the patient expression of the cat as she allows herself to be clumsily carried. A quiet picture book, but a real crowd pleaser for the story-hour set. --Carolyn Phelan"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "As a kitten, Stella revels in performing grands jet‚s, pirouettes and arabesques for her family, which includes Tall One (a boy who favors cowboy hats), Gentle One (his younger sister), Littlest One (their baby brother) and Fuzzy One with Floppy Ears (the family dog). "When the Littlest One with the Loudest Voice would not stop crying," writes Asher (But That's Another Story), adopting the kitten's point of view, "Stella and her tinkly ball waltzed from room to room until, at last, the Littlest One laughed." But as Stella grows up, other pursuits take precedence: "She discovered bugs in the garden that needed stalking, patches of sunlight just her size, and windowsills where she could sit and watch the world go by." More time passes, and Stella gives birth to her own litter of "three girls and three boys. And they all loved to dance." Brown's (Tough Boris) delicate watercolors and pen-and-inks incorporate a soup‡on of visual humor to keep the pictures from being too precious: when Stella hides under the bed to give birth, Littlest One hangs upside down over the edge to watch. Although the text grants Stella some human qualities, Brown's artwork keeps the heroine's behavior strictly feline, and the volume benefits from the artist's choice. Her illustrations possess a timeless quality, with tea parties under a glorious tree, a grandfather clock and a clapboard house with a wide veranda. A charmer. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Cats -- Fiction.
Publisher San Diego :Harcourt,2001
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Brown, Kathryn, 1955-
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 0152016139
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