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Stella, Princess of the Sky

Written by Marie-Louise Gay

Series Title: Stella and Sam

  • 32 Pages
  • 9780888996015
  • 9.300" x 9.300"
  • Reading age from 2 to 5
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World (see also headings under Animals)


Publication Date July 09, 2004

Another adventure begins in this book in the Stella and Sam series as the pair explores the wonders of the natural world. A vast luminous sky, the sun, the stars and the rising moon form the backdrop for their nocturnal expedition. As they encounter raccoons, fireflies, tree frogs and bats, Sam wonders if the moon can swim, if the sun wears pajamas or if he can catch shooting stars with his butterfly net. Stella, as always, has an answer for every question.

Marie-Louise Gay's whimsical prose and enchanting illustrations capture the joys of young children making their first discoveries of the world around them.

Winner of the Alvine-Bélisle Award 2005

Short-listed for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award 2005

Short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Awards: Illustration 2004

Long-listed for the SYRCA Shining Willow Award 2005

Long-listed for the OLA Blue Spruce Award 2006

Selected for the CCBC Our Choice 2005

Selected for the CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award (Honor Book) 2005


Marie-Louise Gay
Marie-Louise Gay has achieved international acclaim as an author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal.


"Detailed illustrations capture the blues and grays of dusk and night, while the children are portrayed in brighter colors." Book Links

"...the whimsical illustrations are gorgeously animated and colourful, and Stella and Sam's charming stream-of-consciousness chat strikes a buoyant note...Pure delight." Quill & Quire

"Gay has once again perfectly captured the distinct wonder of childhood..." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Marie-Louise Gay's watercolor illustrations are accomplished, visually soothing, and convey the endearing ethereality of small children." Books in Canada

"Just like her text, Gay's illustrations are fun as well as poignant." Resource Links

"Stella, Princess of the Sky is exactly what a picture book should be - a perfect blend of picture and text that will have both parent and child entranced." Today's Parent

"This is a quiet star of a story that works well either as a group read-aloud or as a bedtime treasure to share one-on-one." School Library Journal