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I'll Follow the Moon (Mom's Choice Award Honoree and Chocolate Lily Award Winner) Paperback – June 15, 2011

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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, September 2005

Mom's Choice Award Gold Medalist--September 2007

Canadian Chocolate Lily Award Gold Medalist--June 2007

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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 Fodi 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, Fodi'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 Fodi'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 --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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Brown Books; Paperback edition (June 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612540163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612540160
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,499 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on December 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By HappyReader on May 8, 2006
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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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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Rogers on July 8, 2012
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I am a grandmother who has always loved children's books...in 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 life...so 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brunton on December 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf on April 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aviva Gittle Publishing on July 17, 2014
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I'll Follow the Moon is a beautiful introduction to poetry for children ... and adults!

"Moon" weaves the true story of turtles being born on the beach (and starting their journey to be with their mothers) into light and lyrical prose. The main verse explains how the baby turtles will find their mothers: "I'm coming, Mama, I'll see you soon. I know just how ... I'll follow the moon."

The story follows the turtles, step by step, into the unknown world. It shows how, together, they make their faithful leap into the ocean to be with their families. I love that author Stephanie Lisa Tara takes her time unveiling the turtles from their shells. It adds to the anticipation and magic of the event.

Tara was at home with her newborn baby when she witnessed this incredible migration of turtles. This makes the story particularly touching and relatable to those of us who remember holding our own new born children and grandchildren. The soft blues and tans of Lee Edward Fӧdi's illustrations are in perfect harmony with Tara's sweet and simple prose.

Children will love the repetitive line about following the moon. I could picture myself snuggled up with one of my grandchildren reading this story to them. I could hear them saying the line along with me. I believe a child will not only learn about the turtle migration, but also about the magic of poetry. After reading it, I felt inspired to read (and maybe write) more poetry myself.

Highly recommend this book for children.
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