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