My five-year-old son is an aspiring shark scientist, and he loves everything about the ocean. Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish
by Janet Halfmann has become one of his favorite books about ocean life, because it vividly describes the life of a lonely but strong-willed starfish.
In Star of the Sea we follow an ochre sea star, as she searches for something to eat. The unique way that a star fish eats is introduced, and I was surprised to see how much I personally learned from this book. While reading Star of the Sea, I had all three of my boys (ages 1, 5 and 8) sit and listen attentively, simply because Halfman conveyed the life of a starfish in a way that makes you want to know more.
I read a lot of children’s non-fiction thanks to having three boys, and reading Star of the Sea
was a welcome change, because while it feeds children with facts about the life of a starfish, about the ocean’s food chain and the dangers that faces animals in the ocean, it does so with an inspiring story.
Joan Paley’s illustrations are phenomenal to say the least, the bright and colorful images draws in the children, while the softness of the illustrations makes Star of the Sea extremely inviting. From the front page illustration and all the way through to the final starfish fact sheets, Paley has done a great job at continuing Halfmann’s educational storytelling writing style.
I can highly recommend Star of the Sea to any parents with animal-loving children, and children fascinated by life in the ocean.
Story Time Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars * * * *
Author: Janet Halfmann
Illustrator: Joan Paley
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (May 24, 2011)
I received a copy of Star of the Sea for the purpose of this review. I received no monetary compensation, and the opinions expressed in this review have not been influenced in any way by other than my experience with Star of The Sea by Janet Halfmann.