Moonchild, Star of the Sea

Moonchild, Star of the Sea

by Geraldine Elschner, J. Alison James, Lieselotte Schwarz
     
 

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A little star longs to visit earth and explore the oceans he sees from the sky. One night, the loving moon grants his wish, turning him into a sea star and dropping him gently into the ocean. Years pass, and when the sea star has learned all he can about the world, he is ready to return to the sky. The lyrical text carries readers along on a haunting journey of

Overview

A little star longs to visit earth and explore the oceans he sees from the sky. One night, the loving moon grants his wish, turning him into a sea star and dropping him gently into the ocean. Years pass, and when the sea star has learned all he can about the world, he is ready to return to the sky. The lyrical text carries readers along on a haunting journey of discovery enlivened by bright illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Striking watercolor compositions and soothing ocean hues buoy French author Elschner's meandering tale of a star that begs the moon to let him experience the wonders of the sea. In the earth's oceans, the fellow "swam with a whale as large as a ship through deep ocean canyons and towering cliffs. He learned from the dolphins to surf the waves and to dive when the ocean was surging with storms." Polish artist Schwarz works in sheer washes of blues and aquas that allow the nubbiness of the paper to show through, giving each spread a quiltlike texture. She chronicles the star's adventures in a dreamy, Chagall-esque style; in one scene, the star becomes part of an aquatic-life garland encircling a large, placid-looking fish. After "he knew that he had learned all he could," the star returns to the sky-and leaves behind "a treasure in hand" (a starfish) for one lucky child. The book's formal, heightened language may make some children fidgety, and the pictures often seem more like visual meditations upon the narrative rather than interpretations of it. But the evocative marine colors and theme may well entice children captivated by starfish to dip their toes into this fantasy. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A little star in the sky, sitting on a silver moonbeam, wonders about the dark and blue places down below. The moon explains that people live on the dark places and that the patches of blue are water. The little star is fascinated by the sea, so the moon sends him off to learn about it, and he begins a new life as a "sea star." Each day he goes down into the deep waters discovering all kinds of different fish, coral, and other marine life. Soon, however, he has learned all he can and longs to see more of the world's "distant shores, far-off oceans, and unimaginable creatures." The journey takes him all over the planet, until at last he hears the song of the nightingale, and knows that it is time to return home to the sky. One thing he leaves behind, though, is the crusty shell of a starfish. This Swiss import attempts to be part pourquoi story, part original myth or legend. Unfortunately, it fails to capture the imagination. The illustrations are done in a Picassoesque style, using watercolor and ink in a full-page format. Primarily done in bright blues, reds, and oranges, they are painted on textured stock, and are easy on the eye. Acceptable as a supplemental purchase only.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735816657
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
10.89(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Elschner studied Germanic and Romance languages and qualified as a librarian specializing in children's literature.

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