There 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.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (May 24, 2011)
Source of review copy: Publisher