Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Earth Day Tour: I'll Follow the Moon

I'll Follow the Moon Review:
I don't usually review young children's book, but I just had to sign up to review this one. First of all, because I really think Earth Day is something that should be celebrated, and also because the cover had a turtle looking up at the moon on the cover and my blog is called The Howling Turtle, so it was obviously a match made in heaven! The story is so sweet, and I've always loved how baby turtles hatch and make a mad dash out to the sea. I would have loved it if my parents had read this book to me as a child. Not only is the story lovely, but the art is magnificent. Because the words are often very simple in children's books, what really makes them come alive to me is the pictures. There really isn't anything much cuter than a baby turtle, so looking at the art as well as reading the adorable story is really a treat. This is a wonderful little book and I highly recommend it!

About Stephanie Lisa Tara:

I've always believed that magic hides in special places. As a child, people would often stare at my bright red hair, which was very, very bright indeed.
Unfortunately, I developed a bad habit of making up rhymes about all of them, and they soon became funny characters. I didn't have much time to think about being different; fanciful lyricisms danced in my head, and no one was safe!
Since then, I've come to believe that storytelling has the power to inspire a deep love of language and learning. Words tripping off the tongue in somersaults that stick to your thoughts like taffy-- those are the things that stay forever in the mind.
I've lived in many special places: on a farm, in a city skyscraper, on a tropical beach, and in the beautiful country of France. Now I live in northern California, between the redwood forests and the sea. Even though I'm an adult, I'm still as silly as ever.
Many nice words have been used to describe my books, such as fun, engaging, delightful, and whimsical. Some folks say that I deliver timeless messages of love for kids and parents to share again and again; this makes me very happy. I hope that you'll enjoy my stories, too. Captivating children with language is something that I believe in, and I strive to live my life with this always.
--Stephanie Lisa Tara


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One night in 2001, about a month after I brought baby Madeline home from the hospital, I noticed something quite strange on the beach in front of our south Florida home. It was late and Mom was tired, doing a last-one-of-the-day bottle feeding on the deck after a long day of new mom activities. As Maddie slurped down the final ounce of her formula with that familiar glup, glup, glup sound, I noticed dark, tiny shapes scurrying across the sand. What was this? I wondered and went down for a closer look. There they were! Baby turtles streaming out of hundreds of small nests, gentle rises in the sand were their markers. The babies made fanciful patterns in the sand as they dashed on little green legs in a remarkable race to the sea. I watched them hop, one by one, into welcoming waves that sparkled under the beautiful moonlight. "I'm coming Mama..." they seemed to be saying, and I realized that I was witnessing one of nature's sacred events, the love bond between mother and child. It is this precious feeling that inspired me to write I'll Follow the Moon, that came into being a few years later. 

With love, 
Stephanie Lisa Tara

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  1. I'm glad you loved this one! Thanks so much for reading it and sharing your thoughts! I knew the turtle book was a perfect fit here!


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