SEA STAR by Robert M. McClung


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Setting the scene for Sea Star's emergence with a description of the beach at the tide's turning and the other shell creatures on it, McClung than zooms in on the sea star (or starfish) and follows her underwater maneuvers as she devours a clump of blue mussels and a moon snail, is torn apart by a skate who eats two of her arms (they gradually grow back), and lays her eggs which are then fertilized by a male sea star. The focus shifts to the blob-like larvae and their intriguing transformation into little starfish who go about eating and being eaten in their turn. Despite his bland illustration style, the constant presence of other creatures in McClung's visual and verbal picture gives this routine life cycle more texture than some.

Pub Date: Aug. 20th, 1975
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Morrow