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I'll Follow the Moon - 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition by [Tara, Stephanie Lisa]
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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

“[C]aptivates children with poetry…” -- NEW YORK TIMES 2005

“[C]leverly introduces young children to environmental awareness…young readers are educated so that they, and their parents, will become global citizens.” -- SHARON STONE, Actress/Activist 2006

*Mom's Choice Award Gold Medalist -- September 2007

*Canadian Chocolate Lily Award Gold Medalist -- June 2007

[C]lick, 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...

[F]irst-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. 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.

"[F]ramed 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. -- 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 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.

*Very highly recommended. -- Books of Wonder, New York City; Peter Glassman December 2007

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)
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,114 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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I'll Follow the Moon - 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition by Author Stephanie Lisa Tara

As mentioned by Author Stephanie Lisa Tara in the Foreword to her book, she was inspired to write "I'll Follow the Moon" shortly after the birth of her daughter. One evening, while sitting outside for her newborn's feeding, she spotted "baby turtles streaming out of hundreds of small nests" making their way out to the sea. Inspired by the remarkable bond she has with her own infant, this lovely children's book about baby turtles and their mother's ensued.

Many adjectives are used to describe the events from beginning to end with the "click, clack, tap" the cracking open of the turtle eggs as the newborn begins its journey from shell to sea. The pages of this book are in soft pastel colors with the moon softly glowing in the evening sky. The arduous trip a turtle takes to make its way out to sea and the swim he enjoys upon arriving at his destination is a sight to behold. What fun!

Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte
Growing Up & Liking It: More Steps to a Happier Self
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I agree with a few others that, for me, the colors are very subdued and the text sometimes blends with the background. However, I am a persistent person and with some effort could read the book! (This was for the Kindle app on a tablet)

I am glad I did. Despite being hard to see in some places the text itself is very easy to read. By that I mean the lyrical quality of the book is clearly meant to be read out loud. Even reading it in my head I found myself reading with a melody.

This is clearly a romanticized version of the truth and baby turtles do not find their mothers, but I am OK with that. I often teach the version of Hansel and Gretel where they get lost in the woods instead of being abandoned by their father and mother. Hopefully this book inspires children to love animals and later in life study biology to learn the truth about the baby turtles journey!

EDIT: I have received a paperback copy and it is much easier to read. PLUS I really enjoy the teaching ideas and relevant information that is included at the end of the paperback book. If you are persistent or have great eyesight the ebook is fine, otherwise the paperback is much easier to read. Regardless, both tell a soothing story about the quest to connect with your mother.
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