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At the Sea Floor Café

At the Sea Floor Café

Spring 2011 Poetry
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Leslie Bulion
Illustrator: Leslie Evans
ISBN: 978-1-56145-565-2
Hardcover Price: $14.95

Deep in the ocean, a "patient reef shark waits / a cleaner wrasse dances in", and a "fair violet snail" floats "on bubbled mucus gel." These are just some of the marine creatures Leslie Bulion readers meet At the Sea Floor Café. The book consists of 18 poems about sea life (such as the coconut octopus, snapping shrimp, and broody squid), each one accompanied by scientific facts. Light and humorous overall, the collection employs a variety of poetic techniques and forms. "Hidden in Plain Sight" is a pantoum and "Watch the Toes" is an epigram, while "Krill Power" is written in free verse. In addition to a bibliography and a glossary of scientific terms, Bulion includes a section called "Poetry Notes" where she discusses the techniques used in each of the poems. Leslie Evans’ hand-colored block prints are a striking complement to the text.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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