Habets was born in West Flanders in January In , she entered the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary , an enclosed religious order which cared for the sick and poor within their cloister. She was admitted to their convent on Molenaarstraat in Ghent , and then took the religious name Sister Xaverine. In , she was sent to the mission hospital her congregation staffed for the Belgian government in the Belgian Congo.
Marie Louise Berneri March 1 , - April 13 , was an anarchist activist and author. The family went into exile in for resisting Mussolini. In her father went to Spain , to fight against the fascists in the Spanish Civil War. He was assassinated by communists in She wrote for many journals, articles as, Revision , with Luis Mercier Vega and was a member of the group that edited Revolt , War Commentary , and the Freedom newspaper published by the Freedom Bookstore in London. During the father's murder she was living in France and studying psychology at the Sorbonne University.
It was an immediate hit, and since then she has written and illustrated four more books featuring the engaging, red-headed heroine, Stella, and her little brother, Sam — Stella, Queen of the Snow ; Stella, Fairy of the Forest ; Stella, Princess of the Sky and, most recently, When Stella Was Very, Very Small. With gentle humor, freshness, a sense of whimsy and exquisite watercolors, Marie-Louise Gay gives us stories about two young siblings discovering their world. Here at last are all five books bound into one delightful volume. The treasury contains new art for the cover and opening page as well as new decorative line art. She also thought that trees could talk and that words were like ants running off the pages of her books.
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