Ocean Soup by Stephen R. Swinburne
A Book of Tide Pool Poems

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Dive in for a taste of tide pool soup!

When the tide goes out, a briny soup is trapped among the rocks. Playful poems introduce readers to ten salty tide-pool creatures--from a self-satisfied anemone that brags about its home to barnacles that perform a rap about their feeding technique. The poems are brought to life by Mary Peterson's lighthearted illustrations.

A secondary layer of factual text introduces children to the creatures that inhabit North American tide pools.
 

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Steve Swinburne's Ocean Soup (Charlesbridge, 2010), a book about the creatures that live in the Atlantic and Pacific tide pools, was inspired by a family vacation to Blue Hill, Maine where he visited the tide pools daily. Now the author of over 25 children's books, Steve continually receives praise for his educational yet interesting topics, as well as his ability to make these topics accessible to young readers.Born in London, Steve moved to New York City with his family when he was eight years old. He received a B.A. in Biology and English at Castleton State College in Vermont, and after a lifetime of various occupations--busboy, office worker, park ranger--Steve settled into writing and photographing children's books. Many of his photographs have appeared in an assortment of magazines such as Country Journal, Vermont Life, and Highlights for Children. Also, his book In Good Hands (Sierra Club Books, 1998) was honored with the John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers Award.Steve makes his home in South Londonderry, Vermont with his wife and two daughters.The youngest of six children, Mary Peterson grew up in an active household immersed in art. Mary decided to study fine art, receiving her BFA in studio painting from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. After college, she moved to Los Angeles.She is the illustrator of Ocean Soup, Wiggle and Waggle, Cat on Wheels (Boyd Mills) and No Time to Nap! (Heyday). She also co-created Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch with Jennifer Rofe.
 
Published February 1, 2010 by Charlesbridge. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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Barnacles, sea slugs, sea urchins, sculpins, mussels, starfish, hermit crabs, anemones, lobsters, octopuses and plankton—Swinburne mixes East and West Coast creatures, highlighting a few distinctive characteristics in his playful, sometimes ragged poetry and adding a short paragraph of factual de...

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