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The author credits her Uncle Cliff with inspiring Fables by the Sea, next to the sea itself and land's end. The summer she turned five, her family took a trip to the.
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To the little nautilus the giant creatures look magnificent gliding silently through the water and she bravely touches one that comes near her. Fulfilling a childhood dream to write and illustrate books together, Hayashi and Bishop first collaborated on Fables from the Garden The pictures completely fill most pages with the text printed over the scene so that some blocks of text might be difficult to read.
The book concludes with factual information that is divided into categories: Crustaceans, Sea Jellies and Echinoderms; Fishes; Mollusks; and Seabirds.
Whether in the classroom, at home or with a youth group, the book could be used to facilitate discussion with elementary or middle school age students. It will probably find a wider audience in locales near ocean waters where readers have some first-hand experience with the animal behavior portrayed. Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review.
The author of this book provided free copies of the book to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. No fee was paid by the author for this review.
The Shepherd and The Sea
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A shepherd, keeping watch over his sheep near the shore, saw the Sea very calm and smooth, and longed to make a voyage with a view to commerce. He sold all his flock, invested it in a cargo of dates, and set sail. But a very great tempest came on, and the ship being in danger of sinking, he threw all his merchandise overboard, and barely escaped with his life in the empty ship.
A Shepherd that kept his Sheep at no great distance from the sea, one day drove them close to the shore, and sat down on a rock to enjoy the cool breeze. It was a beautiful summer day, and the ocean lay before him, calm, smooth, and of an enchanting blue. As he watched the white sails, and listened to the measured plash of the tiny wavelets on the pebbled beach, his heart thrilled with pleasure. A storm arose: the cargo was thrown overboard to lighten the ship, but in spite of all efforts she was driven upon a rock near the shore, and went to pieces.
The Shepherd narrowly escaped with his life, and was afterwards glad to earn his bread by watching the flock which had formerly been his own.
In the course of time, when, by care and frugality, he had again become possessed of some amount of wealth, he happened to find himself sitting on the self-same rock, and on just such another day as that on which he had resolved to become a Merchant. Others may confide their treasure to your treacherous care, but never, while I live, will I trust thy faithless bosom more.
Samuel Croxall The Shepherd turned Merchant. The green element appeared calm and smooth; and Thetis, with her train of smiling beautiful nymphs, seemed to dance upon the floating surface of the deep. O how happy, says he, should I be, to plow this liquid plain, in a pretty tight vessel of my own! Then what ample returns should I make in the way of traffick, and what a short and certain path would this be to riches and honour!
In short, this thought was improved into a resolution; away he posted with all expedition, sold his flock, and all that he had; then he bought a bark, and fitted it out for a voyage; he loaded it with a cargo of dates, and set sail for a mart that was held upon the coast of Asia, five hundred leagues off.
He had not long been at sea, before the wind began to blow tempestuously, and the waves to rage and swell; the violence of the weather increased upon him, his ship was in danger of sinking, and he was obliged to lighten her, by throwing all his dates overboard: after this, his vessel was driven upon a rock near the shore, and split to pieces; he himself hardly escaping with life. Poor, and destitute of subsistence, he applied himself to the man who had bought his flock, and was admitted to tend it as a hireling.
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He sat in the same place as before, and the ocean again looked calm and smooth. Mankind has a strange propensity for things that are new and untried: and so strong a bias inclines them to shifting and changing, that every one disrelishes his own profession, and wishes he had been of some other employment.
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The young academic, designed to the most grave of all professions, hates to think of his peculiar habit, of that formal, reserved deportment by which he is to separate himself from what he counts the pleasures of the world, and bid adieu to that irregularity which youth so much delights in. He longs for a commission in the army, that he may be fashionably licentious, and indulge himself unquestioned in the wanton sallies of a brisk youthful appetite.
In the mean time, the old soldier, harassed out with laborious campaigns abroad, and vexed with the slow returns of his half-pay at home, repines at the happy condition of the ecclesiastic, battening in ease and plenty, and sleeping unmolested in one of the upper stalls of a cathedral. With remorse he calls to mind his former perverseness in quitting a college life, and defeating the purpose of his relations, who had purchased the next reversion of a fat benefice for him.