Praise for Stella Is a Star
"Murphy's paintings with collage provide all the ideals of ballet, from frothy tutus to embroidered bodices, and her animals' expressions are priceless. Her upright pigs in leotards are graceful and Madame's stern expressions are flawless.Read more...
Praise for Stella Is a Star
"Murphy's paintings with collage provide all the ideals of ballet, from frothy tutus to embroidered bodices, and her animals' expressions are priceless. Her upright pigs in leotards are graceful and Madame's stern expressions are flawless. . . . This story will please ballet fans, and any little girls who have felt left out."--School Library Journal
Stella is back barking on Broadway Author and acclaimed actress/performer Bernadette Peters offers a charming tale of how two former shelter dogs, after a few ruff-patches, became devoted friends.
In this companion title to Peters' New York Times bestsellers Broadway Barks and Stella Is a Star, the beloved canine heroine Stella finds herself alone. Her "mom" (who looks a lot like Bernadette Peters) goes on a journey to bring a shelter dog named Charlie to live with them. After a car ride with stops in Oklahoma and St. Louis, Charlie arrives in what Stella thinks of as her territory
At first, Stella is jealous of all the attention Charlie gets. But when she's hurt and needs a friend, Charlie shows her that he can be just that. In the end, Stella dances and Charlie yodels while Mom plays piano and sings.
Young readers with new siblings, or new pets, will connect emotionally to this pet pair. Kids will understand Stella's frustrations and will root for Charlie, too
- ISBN-13: 9781609055356
- ISBN-10: 1609055357
- Publisher: Blue Apple Books
- Publish Date: August 2015
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 3-7
- Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-03
- Reviewer: Staff
Five years after Stella Is a Star!, Peters's dancing dog returns, and she's lonely after the (presumed, off-screen) death of her friend Kramer, who appeared in Peters's Broadway Barks: "She just waited by the door for her friend to come back. But Kramer was not coming home." Determined to cheer up Stella, her human "mom," a Peters lookalike, drives from New York City to Texas and back to adopt Charlie, a scruffy brown dog "who was found in a garbage dumpster." Peters devotes several pages to the road trip that brings Charlie to New York City; while this recounting mirrors how Peters adopted the real-life Charlie, it's an odd narrative choice, since it means that the already lonely Stella (who disappears from the story as she's left at home) loses her caretaker for a significant portion of the book. Once Charlie arrives in New York, though, the two dogs soon become fast friends. The cozy mixed-media textures of Murphy's illustrations maintain an upbeat atmosphere, but as animal adoption and friendship stories go, this one has little to distinguish itself. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)