In One Tidepool: Book Review and Activities

Inside: Book review and activities for In One Tidepool

Title: In One Tidepool ~ Crabs, Snails and Salty Tails
Author: Anthony D. Fredericks
Illustrator: Jennifer DiRubbio
Publisher: Dawn Publications, 2002
Intended Audience: Primary age
Theme: Ocean, Habitat, Tidepool animals
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: This is a rhyming text with vivid descriptions of life in tidepools, from sea stars, to anemones, to barnacles.

Opening: Here is a coastline with pounding waves, Sea-splashed rocks and hidden caves, With seagulls gliding out of reach And clumps of kelp tossed on the beach. This is where a tidepool lay, Crowded with critters on a summer’s day.

Why I Chose This Book: Because my class is just beginning an ocean study and we live on an island on the edge of the Northern Pacific. It’s a beautiful book with gorgeous water colours, and the rhymes and poetic language (e.g., shuffle, clusters, surging, splashy, craggy) all make for a fun, informative read. And as a bonus, there are two pages of field notes at the back of the book!

Links to Resources:

The author himself, who used to be an elementary teacher, has put together a list of 50 activities you can do with this book! Click on the pic below for a copy. It’s a pdf link so it will show up in your downloads (it’s not a url link). UPDATE: This link no longer works. I’m in the process of trying to relocate this guide.

This website has lots of ideas for ocean related art, bulletin boards, songs and poems. She has cornmeal starfish with froot loops for suckers and beautiful jelly fish with ribbons for tentacles.

And look at this gorgeous porthole fish craft from Crafty Morning!  The fish would also look great using an orange closed handprint!

You can find lots more book reviews and activities about the OCEAN here!

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11 thoughts on “In One Tidepool: Book Review and Activities”

  1. As soon as I scrolled down and saw the cover, I was hooked. Beautiful illustrations and lovely, lovely rhyme. 🙂 And the activities and resource list? WOW! I will bookmark this for sure…what a find for any teacher or adult who works with kids!!!! Thank you, Barbara…great review and awesome activities.


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