Star of the Sea

Star of the Sea

A Day in the Life of a Starfish

By Janet Halfmann; Joan Paley (Illustrator)

Christy Ottaviano Books-Henry Holt and Compan, Hardcover, 9780805090734, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 24, 2011


With the ocean her home, an ochre sea star hunts for her morning meal. She folds over her rays and grips the rocky shore with sticky feet as she feasts on shellfish. When she takes too long, the tide flows back without her and Sea Star becomes easy prey. But she is built to survive and eventually makes her way back to the sea, although with one less ray than before. This inspiring story informs young children about the important role of a small but fascinating sea creature.

About the Author
Janet Halfmann has been fascinated with nature ever since she was a child. She has written books on various insects, and on animal habitats. Before becoming a full-time freelance children's writer, Janet was the editor of a children's magazine, Janet was the editor of a children's magazine. When Janet isn't writing, she works in her garden, explores nature, and spends time with her family. Janet lives in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Joan Paley has illustrated a number of books for young readers. She lives with her husband in North Scituate, Massachusetts.

Praise For Star of the Sea

“Beautifully illustrated with textured collages made from hand-painted papers of watercolor blends, the underwater environment is vividly brought to life on every page.” –School Library Journal

"Joan Paley's bright, blocky collages of the ochre sea star, brick-colored with a lacy pattern on its back, have a cheerful feel, and readers ages 5-9 will probably be inclined to side with the star as it travels the ocean floor repelling enemies and looking for tasty things to eat.” -Wall Street Journal

"Paley’s beautiful artwork consists of collages of hand-painted papers of watercolor blends and textures." –Kirkus Reviews

“Poetic verse and vibrant collages characterize this tribute to starfish.” –Publishers Weekly