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Star of the Sea

Star of the Sea

A Day in the Life of a Starfish

Janet Halfmann; illustrations by Joan Paley

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)



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.

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award Gold, Washington Children's Choice PB Award, Washington Children's Choice PB Award Master List, Washington Children's Choice PB Award ML, NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade , CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best

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


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Janet Halfmann; illustrations by Joan Paley

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 is the illustrator of many successful books for children including Unbeatable Beaks, The Emperor Lays an Egg, and Little White Duck. She lives in North Scituate, Massachusetts.

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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