Book Reviews with Kindle Fire & Gift Card Giveaway : I’ll Follow the Moon & Snowy White World to Save by Stephanie Lisa Tara

Posted April 22, 2013 by Melissa in Book Review, Giveaway | 4 Comments

Title: I’ll Follow the Moon
Author:  Stephanie Lisa Tara
Illustrator: Lee Edward Fodi
Reading level: Childrens
Source: Received for tour in exchange for an honest review

Find ItGoodreads | Amazon 

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.

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. 
~~~Stephanie Lisa Tara

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.

 5 Timepieces!

Title: Snowy White World to Save
Author:  Stephanie Lisa Tara
Illustrator: Alex Walton
Reading level: Childrens
Source: Received for tour in exchange for an honest review

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon 

It’s a headline we all have seen: Global warming is melting the Arctic. Once the Arctic sea ice has vanished, the majestic polar bear, a magnificent creature who needs the sea ice to survive will vanish, too. The ice is home to the bears, as well as to their primary food source, the ringed seal. Polar bears feed, mate, travel, den, and give birth on the ice. Some scientists say polar bears will be extinct within fifty years if something isn’t done, and soon.

is global warming, Mama?” asked my five year old one day in 2006,
“the polar bears, are they in trouble?” I was stunned. How does a
parent answer such a question? I did the best I could. Al Gore’s wonderful film
and book, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ had come out, and all the world was
talking about this topic. “Yes, humans need to be more responsible,”
I said to my child, “we need to care about all creatures on the planet; humans
and animals.” One amazing thing about children is their ability to
understand new concepts instantly. Maddie jumped up—eyes wide and heart open,
declaring, “Yes, Mama! What can I do to help!” As do all the children
I read this story to, at schools, museums and aquariums across the nation. The
causes of global warming can be debated by the powers that be, but I do believe
as parents and educators, we can make our kids gently aware of what is
happening in their world, about issues that they themselves hear about every
day. Further, we can empower them with hope as the next generation that can
make a difference. Snowy White World to Save, is just such an attempt. Mother
bear and her cubs in the Arctic tell the
global warming story sensitively, across an array of panorama watercolor
paintings. A “Help the Bears” page at the ends lists all we can do to help.
Endorsed with a message from actress/activist Sharon Stone.
 ~~~Stephanie Lisa Tara

Again Stephanie Lisa Tara’s beautiful poetic voice shines through in this tale of a Mama polar Bear and her cubs as they suffer the effects of global warming and decreased food supply.  The tone of this book is completely different from the cool, relaxing tone of I’ll Follow the Moon.  It’s a bit more rough and tumble as then increasingly chaotic as the cubs grow, as they and mama bear hunt seal,s and then as they seek refuge from the melting ice and food shortages.

This book even moreso than the first I read, brings home to little ones the devestating effect that we humans are having on our planet and how it is impacting other creatures.  I worry a little that the open ended nature of this one might be a little too disturbing for small children though and wish that we could have learned of the plight but at least seen a temporary resolution for this polar bear family…

On the whole though, I think it is a great introduction to the issue for children and verse that flows perfectly among illustrations that capture the book’s tone perfectly.

Again the book ends with some great resources and activities to keep little ones inspired.

4 Timepieces

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

Stephanie Lisa Tara’s Personal Sites: Facebook | Amazon | Website

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4 responses to “Book Reviews with Kindle Fire & Gift Card Giveaway : I’ll Follow the Moon & Snowy White World to Save by Stephanie Lisa Tara

  1. Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts! I thought maybe the open ended nature of Snowy White World might be tough for the kids, but really I found that it had a big impact on them. They don’t need a happily ever after, they needed a sort of wake up call (though that sounds harsh for kids, so maybe a milder version of a wake up call) that we need to remember to do what we can. My kids are 8 and 4 though and I can see how maybe it’s different for the even smaller kids. It worked well for my kids to remember to turn out lights and the tv, etc.
    Thanks Melissa!

  2. Yeah! You are ending the tour. I did my post for this on Saturday and it took me an insane amount of time but it turned out great! I ended up taking a cue from you and posting pics of Oregon! I think I’ll Follow the Moon was the best of the pack as well. Snowy White World is definitley more serious but I like that it focuses on the need to help!

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