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I'll Follow the Moon - 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Lisa Tara , Lee Edward Födi
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Book Description

Double-Gold Medalist I'LL FOLLOW THE MOON, now in its tenth year with a million copies in circulation, 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 turtle foundations: EVERY BOOK PURCHASE SAVES A TURTLE.
"On a quiet moonlit beach, a baby green sea turtle stirs from a dream of home. Slowly, slowly with a tap, crick, crack, the baby turtle embarks upon a mysterious nighttime journey. Gentle tender verse and enchanting illustrations carry this tranquil tale from sand to sea."

"...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: 40151 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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34 of 36 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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32 of 38 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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24 of 30 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 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
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Little Turtle December 29, 2011
As a mother, Middle School Language Arts teacher, and earlier as an elementary school teacher and reading teacher specialist, I would have given anything for a book as well written and inspiring as "I'll Follow the Moon". Stephanie Lisa Tara is obviously a gentle creature herself who realizes the connections between all of nature. In a divine act that most of us would find merely delightfully scientific, she found the invisible thread of the maternal bond.

Moreover, her repeating verse is genius. Children learn from repetition, and repeating verse is the surest style for reinforcing sight words, developing an ear for inflexion, gaining understanding of fluency, and building reading confidence. Her sweet verse sounds like the cry of a child's heart that all children are sure to identify with and the descriptive words and phrases woven in between the verse challenge the mind of the reader and older children as well while creating inspiration for conversation.

This book is rife with learning potential and pure joy. I love reading it to my little granddaughter, who is nearly four now. She anticipates the verse and joins it. She is inspired to question the meaning of all kinds of things as we read it, and I am pressed to keep the tears of pride that well in my eyes from spilling over each time. I appreciate that she is learning pre-reading skills and is being introduced to the sea turtle, part of her heritage and ecological responsibilities as a native North Carolinian. I also love all the amazing thoughts it provokes in her for us to discuss, some new question or thought on her part each time.

Thank you, Ms. Tara, you took a simple act of nature and opened all our eyes. Your pure hearted spirit shines in this priceless and multifaceted literary enchantment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll Follow the Moon
I think that this book is a great book because it's a book about finding turtle family,thanks for the book.
Published 11 hours ago by Torrmentor
2.0 out of 5 stars Loved the pictures
Loved the pictures, very nicely done. Can't say much for the words, though, my grandson had zero interest in the way it was written - kind of weird poetry with not really a story. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Carol Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Story
Cute story. Bought this as a gift and loved it so much I bought another one for my class
Published 1 month ago by M. Bukowski
5.0 out of 5 stars I love turtles
I like how the baby turtle is looking for his mom. He pushes his way passed every one to get to her.
Published 1 month ago by Jessica sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy!
Love this book! It will be treasured for years to come!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
Beautiful story and stunning illustrations. The book is soft cover with paper pages but it is good quality. Read more
Published 2 months ago by l_parker
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful collection of artwork
Beautiful book! The paintings are stunning . My little girl was captivated by it . Thankyou for such a lovely story.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 2 months ago by A. Muto
1.0 out of 5 stars I'll follow the moon
Better for a much younger age - my 3 1/2 yr old was bored easily. Pretty pictures, but very repetitive..
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars She loves ocean life and intends to decorate her daughter's room like...
I bought this book in place of a card for my sister's baby shower. She loves ocean life and intends to decorate her daughter's room like so. Read more
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