Ocean Soup: Tide-Pool Poems
Stephen Swinburne & Mary Peterson
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!
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.
ombining 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
on clams. Another hungry critter with different culinary preferences, the barnacle waits for the tide to bring plankton to him which he then '
hese 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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