Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ocean Soup: Tide-Pool Poems

Ocean Soup
written by Steven Swinburne; illustrated by Mary Peterson
(Charlesbridge) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library

Where are you, octopus?
   Hiding in a crevice, trying to catch some z's,
   waiting to greet you with a saltwater squeeze

Ocean Soup is a clever blend of science, poetry, and humor that will entertain students and provide teachers with a versatile nonfiction text that can be used for shared reading with younger students and for reader's theater with older students. Author Steve Swinburne's poems focus on creatures found in a tide pool. Each poem is accompanied by an informational paragraph about the subject of the poem. One of my favorites is a poem titled Old, Cold Fish which features a camouflaged fish called a sculpin that opens its large mouth to pull in water and unaware victims. The back matter for this book has a glossary, an author's note, and a page of resources that will be valuable for further instruction on tide pools. As if that isn't enough, an added bonus is Steve Swinburne's humorous reading of selections from Ocean Soup. Click on this link to view this talented guy in action. If you use Ocean Soup for reader's theater, definitely check out the videos to model for your students how to put more oomph in their performance.

Other reviews of Ocean Soup:

Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book
Abby the Librarian

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