“STARABELLA : MYSTERY GIRL OF MUSIC”
(Starabella at Home)
By Sharon, Tara, and Dana Fialco – mom and two daughters
For kids 2-8
34 illustrated pages ✮Total Playing Time – 33.33 min.
In Book One, children meet Starabella and follow her through babyhood and her early toddler years in the private world of her home. This is a tale of unconditional parental love and a child’s belief in herself.
Mr. and Mrs. Oclaif are jubilant. They have just brought home their baby girl. They are astonished to see that when their little daughter smiles, her eyes shine like stars! They name her Starabella (‘Starry’ for short). Mysteriously, the stars in the evening sky seem to sparkle and dance in celebration of Starabella’s birth. Does Starabella have a special connection to the stars? IT’S A MYSTERY.
As Starabella begins to grow up, she is truly the star of her family. She impresses her parents and grandparents with her extraordinary abilities. However, she sometimes exhibits unusual behaviors that confuse her parents. In turn, her parents’ reaction to this behavior confuses Starabella. Most perplexing, is that Starabella’s words start to get lost inside her and it is hard for her to find them to make them come out. What has happened to Starabella’s words? IT’S A MYSTERY.
When Starabella receives a piano, a gift of love from her grandparents, the Oclaifs discover she has amazing musical talent. Starabella is now able to express her thoughts and feelings through beautiful music. A musical highlight of this book is Starabella’s musical interpretation of the seasons. It doesn’t need any words. It is a musical picture. Mr. and Mrs. Oclaif are lifted by her music to a place of joy where they experience great pride and marvel not only at Starabella’s ability but at the blessing of her gift. In the Oclaif home, there is HARMONY. Where does Starabella’s music come from? IT’S A MYSTERY.
This story sensitizes children to differences at their earliest ages. Through Starabella’s music children learn that although Starabella is different from them in some ways, she has some experiences and emotions similar to their own. They form empathy for her. The example of Starabella using her abilities gains their admiration and inspires them to do the same.
STARABELLA’S MOMMY AND DADDY SING HER A VERY TOUCHING SONG CALLED, “IT’S A MYSTERY.” IN IT THEY ASSURE ‘STARRY’ THAT SHE IS ALWAYS THEIR LITTLE STAR. THEY ARE THERE TO SUPPORT HER, BUT IT IS UP TO HER TO BE BRAVE. IT IS THEIR WISH FOR HER THAT HER EYES CONTINUE TO SHINE LIKE STARS.
Starabella is not labeled in this story. We want her to be accepted for the wonderfully multi-faceted, enthusiastic child that she is. All children have challenges. They share in the love that Starabella’s parents and grandparents have for her. If Starabella is loved for being exactly who she is, then they are lovable as well.
GUIDE FOR LISTENING TO AND READING BOOKS ONE AND TWO OF THE STARABELLA SERIES
Each book of the Starabella Series contains an illustrated picture book with a fully narrated audio CD complete with music, sound effects and page-turn instructions. An audio CD is enclosed inside the front cover of each book. The illustrated pages include excerpts taken from the audio narration to help listeners follow along with the story. The combined audio and visual presentation of the story enhances comprehension.
When children listen to the stories with a caring adult, the CD can be paused at various points to provide opportunities for discussion of feelings and ideas prompted by the story.
Since the story is narrated, children also have the option to listen to the story on their own.
Children can use the illustrations with excerpts as a guide to retell the story in their own words when not listening to the CD.
PLEASE ENJOY THIS STORY AND SING, MOVE, DREAM, AND IMAGINE ALONG WITH THE MUSIC.