Sunday 9 March 2014

Stella’s Starliner

Stella’s Starliner by Rosemary Wells (Walker Books)
HC RRP $19.95
ISBN 9781406353532
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

By the side of the road stands the Starliner. It’s where Stella lives with her mum and dad. They love their beautiful and comfortable silver mobile home that shines. They enjoy the pleasure of a visit from Books on Wheels, lots of reading, good friends and baking. Stella is happy in her shiny home. At least she is until the group of weasels come by and start making fun of it.

What happens when your eyes see beauty and others make fun of what you see? Usually it makes you question if what you have is really worthwhile.

Stella learns that what she has is special. Her home looks out onto a forest. She can see the sky and stars, and hear the wind. In the Starliner they can travel, see so many places and things; meet new and different people.

The new children they meet at their next destination adore Stella’s home. They long to explore the ‘secret places’ hidden in the Starliner and try out all the comfortable furniture.

This story is a wonderful example of how envy can make people belittle others. Some see with the eyes and some with the heart. Perception is everything. It’s an interesting theme to a delightful story with foxes as the main characters. It can be useful in a two-sided discussion at home or in class, about the importance of not being influenced by other people’s negative opinions.

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