Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together

by Andrea Tsurumi

Life is rolling along as usual for the myriad creatures of the ocean. Clownfish hides... read more

Life is rolling along as usual for the myriad creatures of the ocean. Clownfish hides in an anemone. Sea Turtle holds her breath as she glides along underwater. Pufferfish does what she does best: puffs up. The activities of Seahorse, Moray Eel, Spiny Lobster, Lionfish, Snapper, Dolphin, and others, too, are exactly what one might expect of them. Then there’s Crab. Crab is baking cakes. No one understands why. But after a ship dumps an enormous load of trash into the water, Crab’s fresh-baked cakes draw the stunned animals out of hiding. Bolstered by cake, and support as they check in with one another following the pollution disaster, they make a plan to work together to return the garbage to the humans who dumped it. This thoughtful, quietly humorous story impresses upon young children both the dangers of pollution and the strength of community when working for change. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2020

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