Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Stella's Starliner

Written by: Rosemary Wells

First line: Stella lived in a house by the side of the road.

Why you should read this book: Like many of Wells's stories, this one takes a sensitive look at conflicts that carry meaning for small children; I've seen stories that tackle racism and bullying, but I think this is the first one that touches on class issues. Stella, a little fox, lives in a mobile trailer with her mother and father, and has everything she needs, and loves her little house, until some jerky weasels suggest that living in a trailer means she's poor. Stella is understandably upset about this assessment, but, as the trailer is mobile, all her problems vanish when her dad hooks it up to the truck and drives it to another part of the country, where the kids are nicer.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You wish you could hook your house up to a truck and out-drive your problems.

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