NOW:53207:USA00949
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA00949
35°
H 35° L 31°
Cloudy | 18MPH

South Milwaukee’s Janet Halfmann Releases New Children’s Book

May 28, 2011

South Milwaukee children’s author Janet Halfmann’s thirty-third book released this week. Titled "Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish," the book follows the adventures of an ochre sea star as she hunts for breakfast on a rocky Pacific seashore.

 

The art, by Joan Paley, is done in collage, using hand-painted papers. The nonfiction picture book for ages 5-9 was published by Henry Holt, a division of Macmillan.

 

"Publishers Weekly" said, "Poetic verse and vibrant collages characterize this tribute to starfish.” "Richie's Picks" called the book "A stellar read.” The book is a Junior Library Guild Selection.

 

Halfmann has long been fascinated by sea stars. In researching the book, she found these ocean creatures to be even more amazing than she imagined.

 

“I learned that they can hunt only underwater because they use hundreds of tiny, water-powered feet to move,” she said. “And a sea star can spit its stomach right out of its mouth and into a tiny crack in the shells of a mussel!”

 

Since writing the book, Halfmann has been able to touch a live ochre sea star at Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.

 

"I had to examine every inch of it—its tube feet, the mouth on its underside, its spines," she said.

 

Halfmann will be selling and signing her new book and other titles Thursday, June 2, at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market, 11th Ave south of Milwaukee Ave, 3 to 7 pm. "Star of the Sea" also is available at area and online bookstores.

 

Halfmann also is giving away five copies of the book to celebrate its release. To enter to win, go to her website and send her a comment: http://janethalfmann.com/news-a-events

 

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Franklin High Senior Mara Matovich to represent Wisconsin in U.S. Senate Youth Program 02:45 PM

» Answers and winners of the Suburban Selfies contest revealed! 01:45 PM

» Oak Creek's Meijer will open in August 10:19 AM

» Drexel Town Square's Emerald Row apartments lauded for 'urban and pedestrian feel' 1/28

» Oak Creek High School may add boys volleyball, girls golf 1/28

» Greendale High School to host regional FBLA leadership conference 1/28

» Cudahy Sportsmen's Club to hire consultant for cleanup plan 1/27

» OCFSD school board member resigns 1/27

» Franklin police investigate home invasion of 83-year-old woman's Oakwood Road residence 1/27

» DNR orders cleanup of debris from shooting range on Lake Michigan 1/26

» Robert Sweetgall, the 'real Forrest Gump,' to lead two public sessions in Greendale 1/26

» With Mia Famiglia in Hales Corners closed, the chef prepares for a restaurant in downtown Waukesha 1/26

» Owners are reportedly closing Mia Famiglia in Hales Corners to a open new restaurant in Waukesha 1/23

» Chick-fil-A seeks Oak Creek's Drexel Town Square for new restaurant 1/22

» Azura Memory Care seeks to build 13th Wisconsin location in Oak Creek 1/20

» Alyson Dudek of Hales Corners will compete on "The Amazing Race" with boyfriend 1/20

» Forum evaluates six Greendale School Board candidates entering primary election 1/15

» Suburban Selfies contest extended through Jan. 25; two selfie solutions to get you started! 1/15

» Assisted living developers pursue Oak Creek neighborhood for facility 1/13

» With no buyer, YMCA to close South Shore facility in Cudahy Updated:  1/13

» Franklin horse farm sold to developer 1/13

» Man gets 5 years for hiding woman's nearly mummified corpse 1/12

» Matching grant awards $75,000 toward Hales Corners Park pavilion construction 1/9

» Greendale Village President John Hermes will not run for re-election 1/8

» Open gym starts Saturday at Oak Creek West Middle School 1/8

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

Advertisement

CONNECT