For the final meeting for our “Picture Book Party” writing group we were given the following assignment:
Bring a book to share (published since 2000, if possible) that is a great example of exactly the type of book you want to write. Make it the book you admire, the book that typifies what you’d be really proud to have YOUR name on.
This assignment was more difficult than I expected. As I began reviewing books for this assignment I felt a little like Goldilocks; some books were too long, some too short, I was trying to find a book that was “just right”.
I discovered my “just right” book at my local library:
When Stella Was Very, Very Small (Groundwood Books, 2009)by Marie-Louise Gay
Stella is a little girl with red curly hair a big imagination. This story begins when she was very,very small, and shares how she views her world; her sandbox a desert, her backyard a tropical jungle, her bathtub an Olympic-sized swimming pool. As Stella grows, her perspective of her world changes and in the end she helps her little brother, see the world as she did.
I loved the sweetness and humor of this book. The watercolor illustrations are the perfect compliment to the text and had me laughing out loud on certain pages. In the spirit of the assignment I would be proud to have my name on a book like this.
I am happy to see that there are other Stella books written by this author and I am looking forward to checking them out as well. This is a great book to read at the end of the day or when you are looking for a few moments of quiet giggle time together.
Writing on the Sidewalk
P.S. Thanks to Andrea Zimmerman (our mighty leader) for hosting a great Picture Book Party.