Monday, June 20, 2011

Get captivated by the wonder of sea stars

Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a StarfishThere are certain authors who acquire a devout following--Jan Brett, Sandra Boynton, Mo Willems. Well, add Janet Halfmann to my list. I'm constantly amazed at not just the number of books written by Janet Halfmann, but the number of quality books written by Halfmann, ranging from nonfiction books for the Smithsonian's Backyard series to Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story to beautiful bedtime stories like Good Night, Little Sea Otter.

Halfmann's latest addition is Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish. In this beautiful picture book, Halfmann takes a look not at the stars that blink in the night sky, but another star that clings to the rocks with hundreds of sticky tube feet-- an ochre sea star. Young readers will be fascinated as an ochre sea star hunts for her morning meal. But they'll especially appreciate how the ochre sea star's mouth is on her underside, tiny red eyespots at the tips of her rays tell her light from dark, she somersaults, and protects herself with her tough, spiny top.

What I especially love about Halfmann's books are her knack for writing a beautiful story, while weaving in interesting facts about such amazing creatures. Joan Paley's beautiful artwork adds to the story, while information about the amazing sea stars wraps it all up. For anyone captivated by the wonder of sea stars, this is a must have.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (May 24, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0805090738
ISBN-13: 978-0805090734
Source of review copy: Publisher
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  1. Thanks so much for the wonderful review. The sea star was an amazing critter to research and write about. Happy Reading to All!

  2. Thanks for another great book, Janet! Can't wait to see what's next! =)