Linda Ashman

children's book author, mom, wife, writing instructor, animal lover, gardener, vegetarian . . .




CHILD MAGAZINE featured book



"A pint-sized Jacques Cousteau plunges down into the ocean depths in an orange submarine to explore its treasures. All will appreciate being asked along for this enchanting ride." Publishers Weekly

"Vivid illustrations, bubbly verse, and the surprise ending make this imaginative voyage as fun as it is educational." Julie Yates Walton, CHILD Magazine

"Poetic text is lively with enough alliteration to encourage repeated recitation. An amusing and equally enlightening companion to Ashman's previous Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs." Kirkus Reviews

"This cheery voyage makes exuberant reading aloud, both pre- and post-bath time." Booklist

"This imaginative bath-time book excels at blending story and pictures." School Library Journal

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From RUB-A-DUB SUB. Illustrations copyright 2003 by Jeff Mack. With permission of Harcourt, Inc.

Author's Note

Sinking in my submarine,
my sub (glub glub) marine.

Diving with a silky seal.
Darting by a dancing eel.

Peering through a kelpy haze
at rainbow fish and manta rays.

Waving to a whiskered shrimp.
Floating by a blowfish-blimp.

All the research I'd done for an ill-fated undersea poetry collection came to good use with this book. It began with just one line that kept going through my head. But nothing else came, so I gave up and put it aside. When I took it out again a year later, the rest of the story just followed -- probably the quickest book I've written (not counting the year it sat in my drawer!).

I love Jeff Mack's vibrant paintings for this book, so full of energy and childlike wonder at this amazing undersea world. And I was thrilled when Jeff agreed to do STARRY SAFARI, a companion adventure, which Harcourt published in 2005.

Teaching Themes: ocean life, submarines, imagination, and stories in rhyme. For lesson ideas, visit the Natural Resources Defense Council's Kids Make Waves website, and the NCTE/​IRA Read-Write-Think lesson on ocean life and alliteration. Find printable activity sheets at Jeff Mack's website and more suggestions below:


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