Sea Star Wishes: Poems from the Coast (Sasquatch Books; April 2013; $16.99) is a charming poetry book for children by poet, author, singer/songwriter, and entertainer Eric Ode. There are thoughtful poems, funny poems, curious poems, and educational poems that cover many aspects of life at the seashore, including lighthouses, ferries, octopi, fish, crabs, and even geoducks! Children will wonder along with Ode as he ponders the royal family who might live inside a sandcastle or muses on why jellyfish are called “fish.” Rhyme schemes vary, but each poem looks at the ocean and its residents with a sense of innocence and awe.
These verses from one of Washington State’s most popular children’s music entertainers will delight and educate, while award-winning illustrator Erik Brooks’s colorful illustrations are both beautiful and comical. Sea Star Wishes is a fun and educational book for the entire family.
About the Author and Illustrator
Eric Ode is a national award-winning children's singer, songwriter, author, and poet who performs music and poetry programs for schools, libraries, education conferences, and community events. His original music has been heard on many compilation albums, national children's radio programs, and on the popular PBS series Dragonfly TV. He has contributed poetry and lyrics to two Grammy nominated CDs.
Erik Brooks is a children's book author and illustrator from Winthrop, WA. He has worked on many books, including Totem Tale, Who Has These Feet, and Polar Opposites, which won the 2011 Washington State Book Awards Scandiuzzi Prize for Children's Picture Books.