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What 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.
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What's the story?
In the STELLA AND THE NIGHT SPRITES series, Stella needs to get glasses, but she's worried about how they'll look and how she'll feel wearing them. She soon discovers that her glasses are magical: They let her see the night sprites that live among us, and that wreak havoc when we sleep. The night sprites are goodhearted, strong-willed troublemakers, but are a bit selfish. Stella helps them learn to consider how their wants and actions affect others, to make new friends, and to solve problems so that everyone's happy.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Stella and the night sprites learn about each other's worlds. When the night sprites think they're being playful, Stella teaches them that they're doing things humans don't like. How do each of them react when things don't go the way they expect?
Do you think Stella should keep her magic glasses a secret?
What other books about fairies and magic have you read?
- Author: Sam Hay
- Illustrators: Turine Tran, Lisa Manuzak
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
- Publication date: January 26, 2016
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 6 - 8
- Number of pages: 96
- Available on: Paperback, iBooks, Kindle
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