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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Ocean Soup - Stephen Swinburne (Poetry)

Released February 2010

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Take your child tide-pooling with this picture book that features a series of humorous poems about the denizens of the coastal shoreline. Clinging to the rocks and hidden in watery crevices you'll find barnacles, sea slugs, sea urchins, sculpins, mussels, starfish, plankton, hermit crabs, anemones, and lobsters.

All of these critters have a story to tell. Along with their rhymed verses with funny titles like "I Love My Spines" (sea urchin) and ""Room With a View" (anemone), you'll also discover some factual material about each tide-pool poet. There's also a starfish's interview with an octopus and a short glossary.

Touching on conservation, environmental awareness and marine biology, this colorful picture book is the idea way of preparing your child for a day at the beach. Introduce him or her to these wonderful creatures during story time before you get down-and-wet at the seashore. And, above all, remember that what you find in a tide-pool, STAYS in the tide-pool! No souvenirs!

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