bySuzanne Orcutt & Illustrated by Nancy-Jo Klaphaak
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Amy and Lucas giggled with delight as they ran to the tide pools in the early morning. The cool ocean water tickled their feet in the sand. They heard cries of sea gulls soaring overhead. Sandpipers scurried along the water’s edge looking for tiny sea animals to eat. Amy and Lucas looked forward to finding sea creatures in small, rocky tide pools. What would they see? What might surprise them?
The children lingered to gather seashells and build a sand castle. They placed tiny scallop shells in the walls, and built a moat to collect ocean water. Then they scrambled on their way to the tide pools. Amy and Lucas’s mother walked quietly behind, smiling at the magic of the day ahead. She imagined Mother Earth beaming with delight.
As the ocean tide pulled away from the rocky shore, the children listened to the sea creatures. They see med to be calling the children to their home. They seemed to be singing, “The tide goes out, the tide goes out, the goes out.”
As the ocean tide flows in and out, two young children discover the rhythms of the tide pools in this magical tale.
The wisdom of the sea creatures and Mother Earth help the children learn how they are all connected as they celebrate the natural cycles of life.
About the Author
Suzanne Orcutt, Ed.D., has thirty years of experience in education, including K-12 teaching in urban schools and higher education administration at Stanford University. She is a credentialed public schools teacher and administrator in the State of California. Dr. Orcutt’s writing for youth illuminates the way science, metaphysics and myth can work together to help us understand our humanity.
Nancy-Jo Klaphaak is an award winning fine artist and illustrator. She has been a K-12 bilingual educator, and taught in the Graduate School of Education at U.C.L.A. Her art work can be seen in juried national and international shows. Ms. Klaphaak’s art is on display in private collections around the world, and reflects her interest in indigenous cultures and nature, as well as her extensive travels and experiences living abroad.