Saturday, April 20, 2013

Blog Tour, Book Review and Tour Wide Giveaway: Earth Day Celebration with I'll Follow the Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara

I am so excited to be participating in this tour and want to thank Candace over at CBB Book Promotions for inviting me! 

I have thought a lot about what I do as a person for Earth Day each year and sadly, I really didn't come up with a whole lot. I don't go out and plant trees (although I have in the past), I don't have a huge party or participate in anything specific for that day, which kind of made me sad. But then I thought about all the things I do on a daily level that is good for the environment. 
I recycle. I am a huge believer in it  and because of that my children are as well. 
We use rechargeable batteries for everything they make them for instead of buying new batteries each time. We use energy efficient bulbs in pretty much every part of our home inside and out (outside we actually have solar powered walkway lights instead of bulbs) that we can. 

We have a water filter instead of buying bottled water each week. Lots of little things that (hopefully) add up over time.

So yeah, maybe I am not doing a ton for the environment but every little bit helps right?

Title: I'll Follow the Moon

Author: Stephanie Lisa Tara

Series: Stand Alone

Genre: Children's Book

Published: September 7, 2009 by Brown Books

Book Description:
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.

About the Author:

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

Cause pages (each supports a book's vision):
Facebook page for Save the Polar Bears | Facebook Page for Save the Green Turtles | Facebook Page for Save the Redwood Forests

Stephanie Lisa Tara's Personal Sites:

For the rest of the tour info and stops please go HERE.

My Thoughts and Review:
I actually read this story with my youngest, since obviously it isn't really geared towards adults, and I have to say she loved this! The illustrations are gorgeous and sea turtles happen to be one of her favorite animals. In fact, we have an aquarium here that finally got a sea turtle and she was ecstatic! 
so to see this story after just visiting the aquarium (I  couldn't have planned it better!) was a big deal to her.

This really is a sweet story about little ones finding their way back to their mommy. 

I thought maybe this would be a little too young for my daughter but it turns out it wasn't at all. In fact she demanded after it was over that I read it to her again and even then she still looked at the pages long after I was finished with the story.

I really think this is a story that any little one (and moms and dads alike) will love. 


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  1. Every little bit always helps. :) I'm definitely environment conscious and always try to do my part when I can. I'm glad you and your little one enjoyed reading I'll Follow the Moon! I don't pick up many picture books, but I know people with young children who will love something like this. Great review!

  2. I agree, every little bit helps! I'm glad you guys enjoyed this one! Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

  3. This was such a fun tour. I loved this book to.

  4. I forgot about all the energy saving lightbulbs. My kids both loved This one too and I think the illustrations are just stunning. We don't have a sea turtle in our aquarium here in Portland, yet. My kids would love it if we did. Hopefully soon!

  5. Thanks everyone!!
    @Candace of course! Thanks for asking!

    @Heidi, oh I hope you get one soon, they are so neat to watch swimming around!

  6. The book sounds great.

    Anna from

  7. Oh, yes. Small acts are still big help! :) What we did last time was to help plant trees and clean the street within our area. It was a tiring day but still very fulfilling. At home, we also have water filtration system, so we could also help save water.