Sea Star

Sea Star

By: Robert M. McClung
Published by: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: 1975

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The sea star, or starfish, easily identified by its distinctive shape, is a familiar member of the shallow-water coastal community. Here Robert McClung, an accomplished science writer, describes the life cycle of a female of the common species. Giving her the name of Sea Star, he recounts her experiences from one springtime to the next.

Sea Star is a meat eater and spends much of her time gliding slowly over the ocean floor hunting mussels, scallops, and clams. She, in turn, may be food for larger underwater predators and sometimes may lose an arm to them. Luckily, it grows back within several months. Sea Star's arms are important, for she moves with them and in season they contain the eggs that will become new starfish when fertilized. 

Carefully executed drawings on every page help to make this story especially inviting to beginning readers, many of whom have seen and touched starfish on the beach. Inland children, too, will be drawn to this skillfully evoked picture of the seashore and its inhabitants. 

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