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Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish



by
Janet Halfmann
illustrated by
Joan Paley

Edition
-
Publisher
Christy Ottaviano
Imprint
Henry Holt
ISBN
9780805090734

Awards and Honors
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2012
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When it’s time to hunt, a sea star crawls to a mussel bed. “She hunches over a big mussel and grips its two shells with her strong feet. The tug-of-war is on!” Additional information about sea stars. Diagram of an ochre sea star. Suggestions for further reading. Glossary. Full-color collage illustrations created with hand-painted papers of watercolor blends and textures.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Dewey

593.9/3

AR

4.6: points 0.5

Lexile

AD640L

Scholastic Reading Counts

1

JLG Release

Jul 2011

Topics

Starfishes. Ochre sea star. Tidal sealife. Sea star hunting methods. Sea star adaptations for survival.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

Junior Library Guild

  • Janet Halfmann presents a clear and concise look at the life of an ochre sea star, giving insight into its hunting and feeding habits, its defense mechanisms, and its ability to regrow lost rays.
  • Full of captivating details, such as the unusual way that the sea star devours a mussel from inside the mollusk’s own shell: the sea star pries the shell open slightly, then extends its stomach out of its mouth and through the crack.
  • Joan Paley’s striking illustrations are saturated with the bold colors of the ocean environment. Insets draw the reader’s attention and convey the passage of time.
  • Back matter provides further details about the topics covered in the story and information about sea-star reproduction and other species (“one kind looks like a star-shaped chocolate chip cookie!”).

School Library Journal

This colorful overview explains how the species is tied to tidal rhythms and serves both as predator and potential prey. After an unsuccessful attempt to feed on a limpet, the sea star settles atop a mussel and begins the slow process of wearing out its strength. After prying open the shell just a crack, she extends her stomach into it and ingests the mussel’s body. Having escaped a fish’s earlier attempt to eat her, the sea star is not so lucky when a gull snatches her by one ray and flies off. The gull bites through the ray, and the sea star falls back to the shore with only four rays. She reaches safety under some seaweed and will hide until the next high tide when the search for food begins again. Beautifully illustrated with textured collages made from hand-painted papers of watercolor blends, the underwater environment is vividly brought to life on every page. Two pages of concluding facts offer more about the sea star, including its ability to regenerate lost rays and other body parts. A short list of recommended reading and a four-entry glossary are also appended. A first purchase.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • Janet Halfmann presents a clear and concise look at the life of an ochre sea star, giving insight into its hunting and feeding habits, its defense mechanisms, and its ability to regrow lost rays.
  • Full of captivating details, such as the unusual way that the sea star devours a mussel from inside the mollusk’s own shell: the sea star pries the shell open slightly, then extends its stomach out of its mouth and through the crack.
  • Joan Paley’s striking illustrations are saturated with the bold colors of the ocean environment. Insets draw the reader’s attention and convey the passage of time.
  • Back matter provides further details about the topics covered in the story and information about sea-star reproduction and other species (“one kind looks like a star-shaped chocolate chip cookie!”).

School Library Journal

This colorful overview explains how the species is tied to tidal rhythms and serves both as predator and potential prey. After an unsuccessful attempt to feed on a limpet, the sea star settles atop a mussel and begins the slow process of wearing out its strength. After prying open the shell just a crack, she extends her stomach into it and ingests the mussel’s body. Having escaped a fish’s earlier attempt to eat her, the sea star is not so lucky when a gull snatches her by one ray and flies off. The gull bites through the ray, and the sea star falls back to the shore with only four rays. She reaches safety under some seaweed and will hide until the next high tide when the search for food begins again. Beautifully illustrated with textured collages made from hand-painted papers of watercolor blends, the underwater environment is vividly brought to life on every page. Two pages of concluding facts offer more about the sea star, including its ability to regenerate lost rays and other body parts. A short list of recommended reading and a four-entry glossary are also appended. A first purchase.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA

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