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Bella and Stella Come Home

40p. 978-0-39924-243-4.
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PreS-Gr 2 Bella, an endearing girl with a big imagination and lots of personality, is nervous about moving to a new home. Fortunately, her trusted stuffed elephant, Stella, who looms large and lifelike in the child's mind, remains at her side through the upcoming uncertainties. Everything at the new house is different. The kitchen is painted yellow and the bathtub has feet. Her mother says that the house has character, but Bella is not impressed with the empty, dusty rooms. The doubtful Bella and Stella venture upstairs to find their bedroom, which is empty except for one box in the middle of the floor. Once all of her belongings are moved in, Bella begins to relax, but at night her fears return and she has to sleep with the lights on. In the morning, the neighbors pop in for a visit and Bella makes a new friend, a bespectacled boy with a stuffed giraffe. At last, the new house begins to feel like home. The sweet narrative, told from Bella's point of view, perfectly captures the little girl's psyche. The story is enhanced by luminous, almost photographic illustrations drawn in shades of pink, ivory, and gold. With her expressive features and mop of dark curls, Bella stands out on each page. This delightful story would pair well with Scott Beck's "Little House, Little Town"(Abrams, 2004).-"Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
Bella is nervous about moving. Her stuffed-animal elephant, Stella, after growing into a life-sized imaginary friend, provides companionship and comfort as Bella explores the new place; things like the bathtub with feet remind Stella (and in turn Bella) that home has changed but there's lots to discover. Soft-focus pastel-hued illustrations reinforce the homeyness in this familiar and reassuring story.

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