A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
No academic content, but lots to be learned in the social-emotional realm. Stella helps the night sprites channel their feistiness for good, and navigates her own feelings and anxiety.
Try to solve problems in ways that benefit everyone. Consider other people's feelings when finding solutions.
Positive Role Models
Stella's family is supportive and kind, especially helping her through being nervous about getting glasses for the first time. And Stella is kind toward the night sprites, even when they do things she doesn't like.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sam Hay's Stella and the Night Sprites series is a fun, playful take on the world of fairies, sprites, and all things sparkly. Stella's new glasses allow her to see a world she's only heard about, and she's surprised to discover how impish the night sprites are. Her adventures with the night sprites help her understand her own fears and difficult situations. The night sprites don't think about how their antics affect humans, and Stella helps them learn about her world -- for example, that a paper clip is not an OK substitute for a stolen coin from the tooth fairy -- while she learns about theirs. Stella quickly learns not to assume the night sprites are bad just because they aren't acting the way she thinks humans would.
Is It Any Good?
There's a lot to like in these sweet, enjoyable books for anyone fascinated by all things fairy-ish. Magic is everywhere in the Stella and the Night Sprites series, as is some thoughtful commentary on how to treat other people. A lot of problem solving occurs, as young Stella figures out how to help the night sprites learn that their antics -- tying knots in kids' hair and stealing shiny things while they sleep -- are actually hurtful to humans. She's resourceful, and she manages to keep her special glasses a secret while helping her nighttime visitors navigate both the human and magical worlds.
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