Author: Lynda Wurster Deniger
Illustrator: Paulette Ferguson
Publisher: His Publishing Company, 2011
Themes: shrimping, sea dangers, teamwork, friendship, Louisiana
Way down at the very, very very bottom of Louisiana, where the Gulf of Mexico kisses Grand Isle, lived a little shrimp boat named Salty Seas.
It’s shrimp season and after the big Blessing of the Fleet ceremony and a huge Cajun meal with dancing, Salty Seas, Captain Charley and their friends Patti Pelican, Dottie Dolphin and Sammy Seagull set out to fish. Captain Charley flings out his nets, while the animal friends follow, play and eat. Soon Captain Charley signals that it’s time to pull in the nets. Salty is anxious to see what the day’s catch looks like when a wave hits the boat and Captain Charley is knocked overboard. Dottie, Patti and Sammy swiftly take action. Dottie swims toward Captain Charley to protect him from sharks as Patti and Sammy fly after Salty. Salty is, however, set on autopilot, so how can he return to pick Charley out of the dangerous waters?
Why I like this book:
I think an important aspect of multicultural books is stories about different regions/states in each nation, not just different ethnicities. This is a super story from Louisiana – a fun look into some Cajun culture and I enjoyed the scenes of the shrimping ceremony and festivities. There are also some details about shrimping, a very important industry for so many in this region. Finally, children will enjoy the commitment and courage of Captain Charley’s friends, when he is in danger.
The muted tones and realism of the illustrations bring this southern fishing community to life.
The book includes an audio CD narration and Salty Seas’ own song.
Check out this video of author, presenting this book to some kids.
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