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Ocean Soup: Tide-Pool Poems    by Stephen Swinburne & Mary Peterson order for
Ocean Soup
by Stephen Swinburne
Order:  USA  Can
Charlesbridge, 2010 (2010)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

'Tide-pool soup is really good,
a most delicious snack.
But careful! When you take a bite,
This soup might bite you back.
Crabs will pinch and urchins poke.
It's rough out there - no joke!

Entitled The Soup That Bites, this is the introductory poem in a rousing collection of rollicking verses about tide-pool creatures. Ten additional poems follow that will introduce youngsters to a range of marine creatures from starfish, hermit crabs, and mussels to sea urchins and plankton.

Combining humor with facts about these tide-pool inhabitants, the author explains that the 'bully of the tide' is the lobster who loves to 'nosh on crabs and starfish' and also gnaws on clams. Another hungry critter with different culinary preferences, the barnacle waits for the tide to bring plankton to him which he then 'filter feeds' upon.

These playful poems along with the factual material that accompanies them, makes this a picture book that not only entertains but introduces youngsters to some rudimentary facts about tide-pools and the critters who call them home (or at least drop in for a visit or perhaps for dinner!)

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