Watch the slide
show as the children
• meet her dog
• listen to her read
• close their eyes for a surprise
• pet the manatee and receive an autographed book
• share their drawings
• enjoy an ice cream treat, courtesy of the PTO.
(Slide show will "pause" on mouseover.)
Stephanie Mirocha creates an
illustration for Hope's book.
At birth manatees weigh about sixty pounds.
An adult manatee eats one
of plants each day.
Create a 3D Manatee Craft Project
(Suitable for 3rd graders and up)
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What reviewers are saying
about this book:
My Little Book of
By: Hope Irvin Marston
Illustrated by: Stephanie Mirocha
Published by: Windward Publishing (imprint of Finney Company),
Ages: 4 to 8
Reviewed by: Stories for Children Magazine editor, VS Grenier
This delightful picture book takes children into the deep river
waters of Florida where they meet Mama Manatee and her new baby.
As Mama and her baby swim through the waters, children learn
that a baby Manatee breathes air just like us, looks like a
sausage when he’s born, and his tail is flat. Mama Manatee
teachers her baby how to survive in their underwater home by
showing her baby how to catch food, hide from enemies, and where
to go when the waters turn cold.
Hope Irvin Marston has done a wonderful job painting the
underwater world of the Manatee with her words. Children
will love wiggling their flippers with baby Manatee, flipping
upside down, twisting, and swimming in his underwater world.
Marston also teaches children about the Manatee’s life—what they
look like, how the sound, breathe, what they eat, where they
live, how they find food, and so much more.
The illustrations by Stephanie Mirocha will captivate the
imagination of little ones. The colors are subtle and
realistic to the underwater world in which the Manatees live in.
This book is part of the My Little Book series and is one your
children will want to read over and over again.