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Star of the Sea

A Day in the Life of a Starfish

Janet Halfmann, Joan Paley (Illustrator)


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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.

Praise For Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish

“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

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9780805090734, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 24, 2011

About the Author

Janet Halfmann has written many books about the natural world such as, Hermit Crab’s Home and Little Skink’s Tail. She lives in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband, Tom.

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