When Stella Was Very, Very Small

When Stella Was Very, Very Small

By Andrea Belcham

A review of When Stella Was Very, Very Small by Marie-louise Gay

Published on February 1, 2010

When Stella Was Very, Very Small
Marie-louise Gay

Groundwood Books

Marie-Louise Gay turns back the clock on her popular redheaded heroine with When Stella Was Very, Very Small. Although she can’t yet “open doors, look through keyholes or even tie her shoes,” Stella has grand adventures in her living room and backyard, ascending sofa mountaintops and enduring fierce windstorms in her desert sandbox with her trusty dog by her side. Gay’s delightfully airy watercolours and simple storyline are endearing, and young readers will be encouraged by Stella’s achievements as a small person in a large world. mRb

Andrea Belcham lives in Saint-Lazare, where many of her best neighbours are trees.



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