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I'll Follow the Moon — 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition by [Stephanie Lisa Tara, Lee Edward Födi]

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"[G]orgeous watercolors chronicle the journey of a baby sea turtle from its hatching to its first swim in the sea." --Kirkus Reviews

"[C]aptivates children with poetry..."
--New York Times

"[A] tiny one-inch hatchling teaches the world about courage...utterly magnificent..."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"[B]aby turtle wins hearts everywhere, expect your kids to hug you tight afterthe first read...expect to be asked to read again and again andagain..."
--USA Today

"[I]'m coming Mama, I'll seeyou soon, I know just how, I'll follow the moon...we can't get babyturtle's song out of our wont be able to either...achinglysweet little bedtime book for wee ones."
--Huffington Post

"[N]o surprise at all that this book has a worldwide turtle serenades us all so sweetly with his song ofhome. Proceeds to turtle charities too!"
--National Geographic

"[H]ats off to this turtle hatchling who has garnered millions of fans acrossthe planet...a tiny activist who is saving his own kind...bravo."
--World Wildlife Fund

"[S]tephanie Lisa Tara and Canadian illustrator Lee Edward Fodi have teamed up tocreate a lyrical rendition of a green sea turtle's first glimpse oflife. Hatched on a moon-washed beach, the baby turtle finds its way byinstinct across the expanse of sand to the sea and a rendezvous with its mother. Written in simple verse in the first person,
the rhythmic text is full of action and sensory detail and loaded with alliteration and onomatopoeia for an enjoyable read-aloud. The refrain, "I'm coming, Mama.....," repeated on each double page spread, is soothing and reassuring of the joyfulreunion to come. The atmosphere of a quiet but determined struggle tobreak free of the egg soon gives way to growing excitement as theturtle mingles with fellow hatchlings and catches his first tempting sensations: the smell of salt air, the sight of the moon's glow, thegentle touch and beckoning sounds of the waves rushing to shore. Once he's free of the land, new motions take over: gulp, spin, float, swim...The final happy refrain is new and satisfying: "I'm here, Mama - here with you. I know I'd find you, Moon did too. "[F]ramed by endpapers of soft, limitless,undersea green, Fodi'sdelightful illustrations feature an animated and engaging baby emerging from an egg buried in golden sand. With other tiny turtles, he isshown plowing through the damp sand, sampling the salty sea air and marching unerringly toward the moonlight glimmer, his guide to the ocean. Once afloat, he soon comes face to face with "eyes like mine"in his new watery home. The gold of sand, blue of sky and green of thesea repeated throughout the book bring a sense of harmony. The turtleis the focal point of all the pictures, with few background detailsadded. The illustrator has carefully integrated the turtle's actionswith Tara's verse which relies heavily on verbs: roll, slide,tumble......crawl, scoop, shove. Young children will be propelled through the story in the illustrations aswell as the text. This attractive book is an enjoyable way to introduceyoung listeners to a fascinating cycle in nature." *Highly Recommended. Gillian Richardson, who lives in BC, is a former teacher-librarian and freelance writer. --Canadian Materials Magazine, Gillian Richardson

"[I]n this tranquil bedtime story, a baby sea turtle hatches on the beach and wants to find his mother.
And he knows just how -- he'll follow the moon! From his gentle struggles to break free of his egg to his determination todig his way out of the sand nest and his eager shuffles toward theocean, we follow the baby sea turtle on each step of his instinctivejourney back to his loving mother who awaits him in the sea. StephanieLisa Tara's gentle verse along with Lee Edward Fodi's soft, earth-toned illustrations capture the gentle natural beauty of this nocturnal beach migration." Very highly recommended. --Books of Wonder, New York City

From the Author

One night in 2001, about a month after I brought baby Madeline home from the hospital, I noticed something quite strange on the beach in front of our south Florida home. It was late and Mom was tired, doing a last-one-of-the-day bottle feeding on the deck after a long day of new mom activities. As Maddie slurped down the final ounce of her formula with that familiar glup, glup, glup sound, I noticed dark, tiny shapes scurrying across the sand. What was this?I wondered and went down for a closer look. There they were! Baby turtles streaming out of hundreds of small nests, gentle rises in the sand were their markers. The babies made fanciful patterns in the sand as they dashed on little green legs in a remarkable race to the sea. I watched them hop, one by one, into welcoming waves that sparkled under the beautiful moonlight. "I'm coming Mama..." they seemed to be saying, and I realized that I was witnessing one of nature's sacred events, the love bond between mother and child.It is this precious feeling that inspired me to write I'll Follow the Moon, that came into being a few years later.

With love,
Stephanie Lisa Tara

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004BSGJFW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Stephanie Lisa Tara Children's Books® (November 11, 2010)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 11, 2010
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 40952 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sea turtles DO NOT ever find their moms
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little tale
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5.0 out of 5 stars An easy-going book to read with kids
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5.0 out of 5 stars An easy-going book to read with kids
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 14, 2021
My kids loved reading along to this, I really like how there is a repetitive verse that repeats throughout each page. They enjoyed saying it over and over again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the kindle version is better
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