• Age Range: 3 - 8 years

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3

  • Hardcover: 40 pages

  • Publisher: Philomel (November 24, 2010)
    •ISBN-13: 978-0399242434

Bella and Stella Come Home 

by Anika Denise

After Bella says good-bye to her old house, it's time to meet her new one. But this house isn't anything like Bella expected. The entranceway has ten steps instead of three, the bathtub has feet, and worst of all, it does not feel like home. But Bella knows how to be brave, and with her imaginary best friend Stella by her side, it doesn't take long for her feelings about her new house to change-especially when she spies a next-door neighbor who looks like he'd make a perfect new friend.

"Anika Denise conveys tender understanding as Bella speaks directly to the reader, expressing her apprehension and confusion in appropriately childlike terms. Christopher Denise’s glowing, softly colored pencil-and-digital illustrations add further dimension as readers see that Stella is Bella’s beloved yellow stuffed elephant, who morphs into an imaginary life-sized companion and supporter. Text and illustrations are interdependent and seamless, a splendid marriage of words and pictures. Cozy and comfortable." - Kirkus Reviews

To learn about the author of Bella and Stella Come Home, Anika Denise, visit her at http://www.anikadenise.com/