At the Seafloor Cafe: Odd Ocean Critter Poems

At the Seafloor Cafe: Odd Ocean Critter Poems
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April 01, 2011
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Let s visit a habitat shallow and deep,
and boiling hot, where acids seep,
and frigid and pressured and mountainy-steep,
Come explore the sea!

Examine odd critters, enormous and tiny,
sunlit reef toasty and arctic ice briny,
jelly-ish, delicate, venomy, spiny,
They all live in the sea!

What sea creature literally spills its guts when disturbed?
Why do bottlenose dolphins wear sponges on their heads?

Dive in to find the answers to these questions and along the way discover some of the incredible ways ocean creatures forage for food, capture prey, trick predators, and protect their young in this collection of witty poems and astonishing facts.

A glossary of scientific terms, notes on the poetic forms used, and resources for more information about ocean creatures are included at the back of the book. Stunning block prints by Leslie Evans enhance and enliven the colorful underwater tour.

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Come explore the sea. At the Seafloor Café by Leslie Bulion profiles unusual sea creatures like the snapping shrimp, the leopard sea cucumber and the narwhal through poetry. Through elegant and sometimes quirky word choices, these poems describe how these creatures catch prey, evade predators and protect their young.

The book boasts a diverse range of poetic forms, including free verse, couplet, triolet, haiku and cinquain. A glossary, notes on the poetic forms and a list of resources make this book a valuable classroom tool, while the poetic variety and the fascinating subject matter make this a great book for exposing young people to poetry in a non-threatening fashion.

The hard lines of linoleum block prints provide stark illustrative contrasts with the all-blue page backgrounds.
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