Sea Stars

Sea Stars

Saltwater Poems

By Avis Harley; Margaret Butschler (Photographer)

Boyds Mills Press, Hardcover, 9781590784297, 35pp.

Publication Date: October 2006

Graceful use of traditional poetic forms like haiku and tanka provides inspiration for young readers to create their own writing. Is a crab just an underwater toe-pincher? What advice do sea otters give to cure insomnia? Who is the seamstress of the sea? Avis Harley's poems invite readers to explore these and other mysteries of our great oceans. Full-color photographs capture the critters in question, and a Looking Deeper section offers exciting facts that keep kids reading.

About the Author
Avis Harley was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has been involved in education for many years, having taught in schools in Canada and England, as well as at the University of British Columbia. She has written and three books of poetry for children, two of which she also illustrated, and all of which have received high praise. The Parent Council Ltd. selected Fly With Poetry: An ABC of Poetry as an Outstanding Book, and Learning magazine honored the book with a Teachers' Choice Award. Her Leap Into Poetry: More ABCs of Poetry received the ASPCA's Henry Bergh Children's Book Poetry Honor Award and Sea Stars: Saltwater Poems has received glowing critical acclaim from review journals. Ms. Harley lives in Vancouver with her husband.