I'm a Manatee by John Lithgow
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From time to time
I dream that
I'm a manatee,
the sea

A little boy dreams of becoming a manatee, and what a dream it is! With his new gigan-atee manatee proportions, he sets off on an underwater adventure with his manatee friends.
Join John Lithgow and Ard Hoyt on this silly aquatic escapade, then sing along with John, who performs "I'm a Manatee" on the enclosed CD.

About John Lithgow

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John Lithgow is the New York Times best-selling author of Micawber, Marsupial Sue, and The Remarkable Farkle McBride. An award-winning actor, he has starred on stage, on film, and on television. He performs in concerts for children across the country, and has recorded two CDs, Farkle & Friends and Singin' in the Bathtub. Visit John at www.lithgowforkids.com.
Published September 1, 2003 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Undulating underneath the sea / Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, / A modest manatee, / That’s me.” When a massive manatee holds up a full-length mirror, the boy, now floating above his bed, sees the reflection of a manatee calf (“I look just like a chubby brown banana-tee”).

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Young readers will likely fancy the silliness of the wordplay here and will enjoy being challenged by the vocabulary, an aspect of the "stately" personality Lithgow gives his character ("No one near will ever hear me use profanity,/ Because a manatee/ Has his image to maintain").

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The words in the book are the same as the lyrics in the song version of I'm a Manatee, which is included on an enclosed CD featuring a singing Lithgow as well as in musical notation in the back of the book.

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