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I'll Follow the Moon (Mom's Choice Award Honoree and Chocolate Lily Award Winner) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Lisa Tara , Lee Edward Födi
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Book Description

Double-Gold Medalist I'LL FOLLOW THE MOON is an international sensation--baby green sea turtle has won hearts the world over, raising his flag of awareness to all: SEA TURTLES ARE INDEED ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION. He's just one tiny inch long, yet baby green sea turtle has a courageous heart as big as the ocean. His DNA is 200 million years old, and he's fighting hard to live on! *Portion of proceeds of I'LL FOLLOW THE MOON go to The Turtle Foundation: EVERY BOOK PURCHASE SAVES A TURTLE.
"...decided to download it for my kid's...Cute illustrations, educational, and delivers a positive message. Makes a great bedtime story. Recommend it!"

"My daughter loved the turtle. The illustrations are great! She said, "mom if im ever lost ill follow the moon and find you."

"My 3 1/2 year old daughter loves this book. She has learned the little saying that is on every page and loves to say it with me."

"The story is gentle and the repetition helps soothe my son. I like the message, and the art is beautiful."

"Great book for the grandkids. They love it. They like to read prior to bedtime. The girls really enjoy this book."

"This children's book has beautiful illustrations that compliment the lyrical, gentle words that accompany the small sea turtle's journey from egg to sea."

“I enjoyed reading this book to my daughter, she loved the artwork. It was well written and will be enjoyable for children.”

“What a lovely book! A great story to introduce an environmental concept.”

“A perfect afternoon read. I enjoyed it, and my son will too I'm sure.”

“I really enjoyed this book. I read it to my 1 and 2 year old. They really enjoyed this book. Beautiful illustration!”

“As a resident of northwest Florida, this book is one that should be shared with all residents, young and old alike. It is currently turtle season here and all residents enjoy keeping watch on these special creatures.”

“A sweet children’s book, lovely rhymes and beautiful pictures. Definitely a book worth having to enjoy over and over, great for kids of any age.”

“My second graders will love this simple book with wonderful words and a repetitive line which they will quickly join in to read.”

“I read this to my boys. They loved the graphics and how cute the turtles were. The story is super cute! Very entertaining.”

“…comforting and relaxing. The story line is not at all complex, but is appealing in its simplicity and repetitiveness.”

“…decided to download it for my kid's…Cute illustrations, educational, and delivers a positive message. Makes a great bedtime story. Recommend it!”

Editorial Reviews


"[G]orgeous watercolors chronicle the journey of a baby sea turtle from its hatching to its first swim in the sea." -- Kirkus Reviews, September 2005

Mom's Choice Award Gold Medalist--September 2007

Canadian Chocolate Lily Award Gold Medalist--June 2007

Save Green Sea Turtles community awareness page:

Chocolate Lily Award congratulates Stephanie Lisa Tara and Lee Edward Fodi (illustrator) for I'll Follow The Moon's third place win!!! -- *Chocolate Lily Award Winner - June 2007*

Click, clack, tap,
Blue melts away. As I tap, crick, crack,I spin, I sway.
I'm coming, Mama, I'll see you soon
I know just how...I'll follow the moon.

First-time author Stephanie Lisa Tara and Canadian illustrator Lee Edward Födi have teamed up to create a lyrical rendition of a green sea turtle's first glimpse of life. Hatched on a moon-washed beach, the baby turtle finds its way by instinct 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. Only one stanza using the word 'eternity' may puzzle young minds. The refrain, "I'm coming, Mama.....," repeated on each double page spread, is soothing and reassuring of the joyful reunion to come. The atmosphere of a quiet but determined struggle to break free of the egg soon gives way to growing excitement as the turtle mingles with fellow hatchlings and catches his first tempting sensations: the smell of salt air, the sight of the moon's glow, the gentle 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."

Framed by endpapers of soft, limitless, undersea green, Födi's delightful illustrations feature an animated and engaging baby emerging from an egg buried in golden sand. With other tiny turtles, he is shown 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 the sea repeated throughout the book bring a sense of harmony. The turtle is the focal point of all the pictures, with few background details added. The illustrator has carefully integrated the turtle's actions with 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 as well as the text.

This attractive book is an enjoyable way to introduce young listeners to a fascinating cycle in nature.

Highly Recommended.

Gillian Richardson, who lives in BC, is a former teacher-librarian and freelance writer. -- CM Magazine, Gillian Richardson

Gorgeous watercolors chronicle the journey of a baby sea turtle from its hatching to its first swim in the sea. -- Kirkus Reviews, September 2005

In 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 to dig his way out of the sand nest and his eager shuffles toward the ocean, we follow the baby sea turtle on each step of his instinctive journey back to his loving mother who awaits him in the sea. Stephanie Lisa Tara's gentle verse along with Lee Edward Födi's soft, earth-toned illustrations capture the gentle natural beauty of this nocturnal beach migration. Your young readers and listeners will be rooting for the young sea turtle as he works his way toward the sea and be thrilled to see him reunite with his mother, even as they discover the beauty of this real life struggle of the green sea turtle. -- Books of Wonder, New York City; Peter Glassman December 2007

Mom's Choice Awards 2007 -- wishes to congratulate Stephanie Lisa Tara and Lee Edward Fodi on their finalist standing for their book, I'll Follow the Moon! Just a wonderful book for kids of all ages! -- Mom's Choice Awards 2007 - Finalist, "Environmental Picture Books"

This attractive book is an enjoyable way to introduce young listeners to a fascinating cycle in nature. [A]n enjoyable read-aloud. -- Gillian Richardson, CM Magazine, September 2005

[A] comforting story that assures a child they will always be able to follow the light of a mother's love. -- BOOKVIEWS, November 2005

[S]weetly told....Tara uses soothing repetition to hook young listeners, and Fodi's drawings are divine. -- Janie Magruder, The Arizona Republic

From the Publisher

Stephanie Lisa Tara credits an overactive imagination for her whimsical, story-verse style. As a child, Stephanie transformed people and pets into animated personalities through fanciful lyrical rhymes. No one was safe!

Stephanie earned a B.A. in English literature and poetry at the University of Connecticut. She spent the next ten years writing ad copy in Manhattan. After the birth of her daughter, Madeline, Stephanie decided to focus on her passion--children's verse, which she deeply believes has the inherent power to charm, inspire, and teach children and adults alike. Tying verse together with insight means magic for Stephanie. Her work is inspired by literature's lauded children's authors--from Grimm to Lear to Seuss.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2392 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Stephanie Lisa Tara Children's Books® (November 10, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A soothing bedtime read! December 1, 2005
All children want to have security, and they love animals. I'll Follow the Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara is about both.

On a serene, quiet sandy beach a baby sea turtle breaks free from its egg and begins the journey to find home and mother, all the while saying, "I'm coming, Mama, I'll see you soon. I know just how...I'll follow the moon." And follow the moon to Mama is exactly what the baby sea turtle does.

The simple words and gentle rhythm makes this a wonderful bedtime story. It is soothing and subtly conveys the message that Mother will be there for the child. The watercolor illustrations are solid, yet soft. They beautifully portray the beach and sky in an inviting way that adds to the soothing nature of the book.

Armchair Interviews says: Not only is this a wonderful story for parents to read to their little ones, but it is a book that grandparents will welcome as they care for their grandchildren. I'll Follow the Moon can help them assure their beloved grandchildren that their parent's absence is temporary. It is a lovely book that will be read and reread.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll Follow the Moon May 8, 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I stumbled across this book quite by accident, and I found it to be a treasure. The verse is lovely and calm, as are the illustrations. It also depicts fairly accurately a remarkable natural phenomenon. As a new mom who longed for a child for many years and eventually adopted internationally, I found the symbolism achingly beautiful. I have since given the book to several friends who have also waited for their children to find them. This book is far too beautiful to be limited to the adoption genre, however. It is very meaningful on a number of different levels!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming December 29, 2011
Such a charming book with delightful illustrations. The best of children's literature has certain key elements... meaningful story, engaging illustrations, repetitions for rhythm and meaning, easy to handle size and a childlike sensitivity. This book hits on all five. The rhythm and repetition of the "I'm coming mama. I'll see you soon." pattern should be very soothing and reassuring to a young child and perfectly suited for bedtime reading. We all know that reading words aloud has power... especially when an adult is reading such a gentle story to a child.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I feel guilty giving this poor review July 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a grandmother who has always loved children's fact, ever since I was a child! I love to read aloud and have read aloud to people of all ages and even for Recording for the Blind. I said those things to show how excited I was to see this book available for downloading onto my Kindle for free. The pictures are sweet and I wanted to love this turtle. I did love the concept of him and the one repetitious line in the book. The other words were just a disjointed mess with no rhyming or anything to redeem them. Even with adding fun voices, it seemed a little pretentious because there needed to be more words to follow them and give them meaning. I felt melodramatic like an actor overacting the part just to make it more interesting.

Even before I downloaded the book, I sent a link to my daughter (a mother of six) so she could read and review it. I hope she has a better review than I've given. I don't understand how it could win so many awards and not inspire me past the cover and concept. I hate having to give it only two stars! I would have had to give it only one if it weren't for the illustrations and the repetitive warm and fuzzy line. If the author hadn't asked us to review it for being able to get it for free, I suppose I would have walked away without reviewing. Maybe I should have. I mean, as long as people are getting it for free, who cares if it's a good book? But since the price may change, I'm going to review it, anyway. Reviews of books and art are so subjective, along with most of if you don't like my opinion, I'm sorry but it is what it is. I won't judge others for liking it and I hope you won't be too offended by the fact that I didn't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry in motion October 28, 2005
A lusciously written, easy to read-along-with-mom-or- teacher, gorgeous book that instructs and inspires and is just a joy to hold in one's hands.

The refrain invites little listeners to join in and participate. Three bold words introduce each verse stanza, ingeniously grabbing attention, holding it carefully - just long enough for the lilting refrain to renew itself.

Children's verse at its most enjoyable, fulfilling all we come to associate with storytime. Paintings speak for themselves, perfectly executed - beautifully rendered!

This author/illustrator duo is top-notch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful October 4, 2005
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the perfect book to read to your little ones as they drift happily off to sleep. The pace, the repetition and the story line all imprint warm, loving thoughts to a child.

The graphics are very good and early readers will pore over the detail on every page.

This is a book that I will share with many friends and loved ones. I look forward to the author's next project.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charmingly Poetic and Beautifully Illustrated April 14, 2013
Charmingly poetic and beautifully illustrated..this sweet tale of a baby turtle hatching and finding his way to the sea and his mother is a wonderful example to little ones of the joys and peace of nature and the life cycle. The gorgeous soft earth tones of the drawings perfectly accompany the sweet story.

I loved the rhyming verses and the repetition:

I'm coming, Mama, I'll see you soon
I know just how...I'll follow the moon

Is perfect for captivating and drawing in the participation of small children. It's engaging and beautiful, calming and inspiring...everything that one would hope for in a children's book. Don't hesitate to pick up this book for your little one or as a gift if you want to share a wonderful message about the beauty and hope of Mother Nature.

The back of the book contains tips and resources, and some lovely activities as well as a coloring page to help keep children engaged long after the book has been read.

NOTE: Book received in exchange for an honest review
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute book
I bought this for a friend who has young kids and they love turtles. Great illustrations and an adorable story. Their kids loved it. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by j.wiese
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
I orderd this book because I love turtles. It was well written. Very cute. It was a loving story based on the life of a sea turtle.
Published 7 hours ago by corrine
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book~
Recently I read the book, "I'll follow the moon" and was blown away by the detail, and deep message embedded inside! Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Xena Scholze
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
ive always loved animals and especially turtles, picked this up for free on my kindle and it was fabulous, thanks for a great free book
Published 9 hours ago by ii_ii_ii_ii_ii_
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll follow the moon
We bought this book for our 4 year old that loves sea turtles. He loves this book. The pictures are wonderful and the story is easy enough for him to memorize and read parts on his... Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Michael S
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll Follow the Moon...
This book is absolutely adorable. The idea that turtles follow the moon to get to their location, to find their home is amazing. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Alexandria Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story for young kids
My 19.5mo old son brings me this book Daily saying "Momma Tuttle, please Tuttle". He loves Turtles & loves to mimic me while reading this book. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Doubgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars It's so cute!
I love it! I love turtles, and the story is great! I read it every night after I have a hard day and it makes me feel a lot better! Thank you to my Grandma who got me this book! Read more
Published 3 days ago by Samantha Seaba
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, educational book for children!
A wonderful children's book that is very educational and has wonderful pictures! Makes a great bedtime story and is highly recommended!
Published 3 days ago by Catherine Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars cute story
This book is a very cute story an made the perfect companion for the Gund stuffed animal turtle I also purchased.
Published 5 days ago by Kathy Hoff
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