Special Classroom Guests

October 2nd, 2011

Illustration from The Shiny ShellTomorrow, we have some special guests visiting our 4th period media literacy class. David Hubbard and Marcie Wolf-Hubbard recently published their own children’s book, The Shiny Shell.  David wrote the story, and Marcie did all the illustrations. Since we’re gearing up for our own children’s book project, I thought it would be a good idea to invite a guest children’s book author (or authors in this case) to come in and talk with us.

I just got my copy of The Shiny Shell a few days ago. It’s a very engaging story about a young boy named Orion. One afternoon, he is swimming around in his backyard pool, when he suddenly finds himself in a new underwater world. He meets a friendly dolphin named Sleek, and Orion’s adventure begins. Sleek takes Orion on a strange trip in a “travel bubble” to “The Gathering.” Here, Orion meets a series of bizarre and beautiful sea creatures. The antagonist of the story is a shark-like creature named Snark. He has “two arms with three frog-like fingers,” and a “rotor-like tail which spins rapidly to propel it forward giving it the appearance of some misshapen torpedo.”

Throughout the story, Orion learns about the growing threat of pollution to the world’s oceans. There’s a reference to the island of garbage currently floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I actually had never heard of this so I quickly Googled it to see if it was true. Unfortunately, it is:

All the illustrations in The Shiny Shell have this beautiful dream-like quality. They are slightly hazy, but yet still clear enough to make out the characters and the actions. It will be interesting to hear how David and Marcie came up with their story, and how they decided what illustrations to create.

Visit theshinyshell.com to learn more about this children’s book and to download the ebook version.

2 Responses to “Special Classroom Guests”

  1. 1 Sean Beaverson
    November 21st, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Mr. Mayo-

    Mr. Friesen introduced me to a book last summer that I’ve been reading this fall, I think you would enjoy it. It deals directly with the garbage patches.

    Moby Duck

    Check it out. Good read.

  2. 2 mrmayo
    November 22nd, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Hi Sean,

    Thanks for the book recommendation. I was blown away when I heard about the island of garbage the size of Texas floating around in the Pacific Ocean. I have to order a copy of this for my classroom: http://www.donovanhohn.com/Home.html

    Hope your year is going well. Say hello to Mr. Friesen for me!


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