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The Resource Catastrophe by the sea, by Brenda Peterson ; art by Ed Young

Catastrophe by the sea, by Brenda Peterson ; art by Ed Young

Label
Catastrophe by the sea
Title
Catastrophe by the sea
Statement of responsibility
by Brenda Peterson ; art by Ed Young
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Contributor
Artist
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Catastrophe the lost cat prowls the beach alone when he meets a live colony of creatures who survive at the sea's edge. Slowly the cat learns from his new friends about life in the tide pool--from the sea anemones, the barnacles, the crabs, and all the small but determined creatures."-- Back cover
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Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 An adventurous feline named Catastrophe loses his way and finds himself prowling a tide pool. He'd like to play, but the octopus squirts ink at him, and a sea anemone stings him with her tentacles. The barnacles make interesting noises, but they never leave home. When the tide rolls in, Catastrophe is swept up, tossed around, and deposited near some driftwood; the tide pool is now submerged. The next morning, the pool reappears, and two children arrive to rescue the cat. Peterson's lyrical text perfectly complements Young's stunning mixed-media-and-collage artwork. In one spread, the cat's shadow looms over a flailing, gigantic red octopus; in another, Catastrophe's paws reach out to the delicate, pastel tentacles of an anemone; and a band of purple barnacles rhythmically click and clack their shells despite being permanently attached to a rock. The layout, including text that swirls artistically, much as the sea ebbs and flows, is also noteworthy. Appended with further discussion of tide pools and the importance of empathizing with these creatures. -- Kay Weisman (Reviewed 9/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 116, number 1, p110)
  • K-Gr 3—The marine creatures living in the tide pool along the ocean's edge are at first alarmed by the cat that has pounced his way there, a long way from home. But after a stinging confrontation between the cat and a sea anemone turns amicable, the other sea creatures extend a welcome to Catastrophe the cat as well. Catastrophe learns about the diverse lifestyles of the ocean creatures and is sad when he can't find them after a strong and violent tide nearly washes them all away. However, Catastrophe soon learns of the amazing resilience of the sea animals and develops a strong affinity and appreciation for them as individuals. Through characters such as Buddy the barnacle and Naimonee the anemone as well as a dance troupe of crabs and a band of barnacles, young readers will learn some of the characteristics that make these creatures unique. Written by acclaimed nature writer Peterson, in partnership with the Seattle Aquarium, the uniquely creative picture book tells an adventure story that builds awareness, understanding, and empathy for a world that some may overlook or take for granted. There is a wealth of information and inspiration to learn by observing the teamwork and survival skills of the smallest of living things. Young's distinctive collage artwork is phenomenal and adds texture and detail to the story that is integral to the moods of the book. VERDICT A harmonious picture book that celebrates biodiversity and builds empathy.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE --Amy Shepherd (Reviewed 09/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 8, p103)
  • A lost Siamese cat learns about life on an ocean beach and in a tide pool. Catastrophe the cat has wandered too far from home, ending up alone on a beach. He is befriended by several sea creatures who speak kindly to him. These characters include a sea anemone named Naimonee and a barnacle named Buddy. Dancing crabs and sand dollars join Buddy and pals in a "barnacle band" as they click their shells like castanets. Catastrophe survives being sucked into the tide pool by the undertow, and he is eventually rescued by two brown-skinned children who recognize him from lost-cat posters they have seen in the area. Caldecott Medalist Young's collage illustrations are intriguing but mysterious, as it is sometimes difficult to identify characters, and the text often feels out of sync with the illustrations. Buddy the barnacle in particular is problematic, as he is a main character but is seldom shown and difficult to spot. Many of the torn-paper collage illustrations of the cat are compelling, and the variety of textures and effects achieved with the combination of different papers is fascinating when perused closely. As explained in an afterword, the fanciful story was developed in partnership with the Seattle Aquarium as an effort to increase empathy for sea life. A well-intended, unusual, but not entirely successful story bringing sea creatures into focus. (Picture book. 4-9) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10805230
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Peterson, Brenda
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.P452
LC item number
Cat 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Young, Ed
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cats
  • Tide pool animals
  • Friendship
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Catastrophe by the sea, by Brenda Peterson ; art by Ed Young
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781513262345
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1112384683
Label
Catastrophe by the sea, by Brenda Peterson ; art by Ed Young
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781513262345
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1112384683

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