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Last week we walked the beach, collecting shells that came from the ocean. This week let's dive on in to a coral reef to see what we can find. Did you know that a tiny creature--the coral polyp--is responsible for the existence of an entire coral reef community? Coral polyps may look like plants, but they are tiny animals that attach themselves to a hard surface and begin producing limestone to protect their bodies. (Kind of like shells). But the polyps grow and eventually become a coral colony.

It takes thousands of years for these colonies to form so we have to do everything we can to protect them. These underwater gardens provide a habitat for hundreds of different kinds of fish that live in the ocean.

In my best-selling picture book, "Over in the Ocean, in a Coral Reef" you can learn about sea creatures that "squirt, dart, grind, flutter and puff in and around a coral reef. Bet you know which one squirts, but can you figure out the rest?

Jeanette Canyon used polymer clay to create gorgeous visuals in her "eye-popping" artwork.. The book has won numerous awards and was made into an award-winning interactive app three years ago. Over 150,000 copies of the book have been sold since it debuted in 2004, and it's still going strong.

Go to Dawn Publications' web site for downloadable activities to use with "Over in the Ocean," and learn more about illustrator, Jeanette Canyon at:



And, click on the cover to link to Amazon.com where you can see the book as an e-book and in paperback, hardcover and board book versions. Also be sure to check out the interactive app that kids have so much fun with.

Where shall we travel next week? So far we've been to a forest, river, beach and ocean. Hint: This place is called "the lungs of the earth."

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