Marine biology, Earth science
In the second book in the series, Bear gets lost at the beach and befriends Princess Shelleena, a mermaid doll. He learns about tides and the fascinating creatures who call tide pools their home. But can Bear’s new friend help him find a way to signal for help before the high tide sweeps him out to sea? This silly, salty adventure introduces young readers to interesting ocean animals and helps them understand concepts of biodiversity and earth system science. It concludes with an interview with a marine biologist from Chicago’s world-renowned Shedd Aquarium.
Interview with Kevin Krull
Kevin Krull, Illustrator of The Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure Series discusses how he got his inspiration for the vibrant illustrations.
Author Gillian King-Cargile Talks Tides
Author extraordinaire Gillian King-Cargile, author of the Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure series, talks about the second book in the series, the Toy and the Tide Pool.
Hermit Crabs with Cindy Khatri
In “Toy and the Tide Pool,” Bear encounters some hermit crabs, and in this video, Cindy Khatri of the Midwest Museum of Natural History tells us that they are not really hermits, and much more.
Sculpt an Ocean Creature
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Bear’s Tide Pool Adventure
Check out activities related to the book and find links to the complete lesson plans, which are aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
Use these pre-, during-, and post-reading activities to help students engage with the concepts and characters in The Toy and the Tide Pool.
Get students excited about the concepts in The Toy and the Tide Pool by creating a collaborative collage or sculpture of a tide pool and the cool creatures that live there.
In Toy and the Tide Pool, Bear meets and learns about many different creatures during his adventure. In this activity, students will research their favorite tide pool creature and use their new found science facts mixed with their creativity to create an illustrated poem about their creature.
Students will be introduced to concepts regarding biology/physiology of living organisms in the sea or ocean. Students will look at examples of interesting sea and ocean creatures and discuss why they have certain features, possibly for protection, to survive in their environment, or to catch prey. Students will also analyze the habitats of the creatures and why their physical traits help them thrive in such an environment.
Students will work in groups to create their own unique “creature of the deep” and by considering scientific concepts, such as species physical and behavioral characteristics, environment/atmosphere/climate/weather, etc.
Video Discussion Guide
Watch the videos and then use these questions to facilitate classroom discussions about the topics presented.
Author Gillian King-Cargile is director of Northern Illinois University’s STEM Read program (stemread.com), which introduces young readers to the science, technology, engineering, and math concepts behind popular fiction. She holds a BA in film production and an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University, and lives with her husband and daughter in DeKalb, Illinois.
Illustrator Kevin Krull holds a BFA in illustration from Northern Illinois University. His illustrations have appeared in Creative Quarterly and have been shown in the Chicago area. He loved to color when he was a kid, and obviously he never quite grew up—he lives in Westmont, Illinois, where he continues to draw and color all day long.