James Rumford’s Dog-of-the-Sea-Waves depicts early Hawaiian culture and manatees. With beautiful illustrations, we learn of how Hawaiians first encountered manatees, what they thought of these odd looking creatures and how they bonded with one. Yet manatees are not dogs and aren’t tailored to become pets so the story ends with a sad parting. This children books offers a poignant tale with lessons in culture and natural science. It’s be great in a primary classroom for a unit on the sea, culture, or animals. It’s also just a beautiful story to enjoy.
I admit the last two Sepia Saturday prompts stumped me, but this one I’ve got. I had no problems finding photos of glorious ships from the past.
I’d love to take a voyage in one of these.
O Captain! My Captain!
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
Click on the image to see the Spark webpage I made.
Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to find photos of subjects that feature sea-inspired posts, i.e. those that are teal, aqua, sea foam, turquoise, blue or of water. I just went with photos from my trip to Australia.
This week I experimented with Adobe Spark’s web page design. I uploaded the images and added some text. It was easy to use and fun to play with. Best of all it’s free.
Join the fun.
If you want to see more fun photos, click here.
I’m having my students choose a poem and recite at the beginning of each class. It’s a lovely way to start. Here’s one that’s a translation of a Chinese Poem.
Facing the Sea With Spring Blossoms—Hai Zi
面朝大海，春暖花开—海子From tomorrow on,I will be a happy man.
从明天起，做一个幸福的人Grooming,chopping and traveling all over the world.
喂马，劈柴，周游世界From tomorrow on,I will care foodstuff and vegetable.
从明天起，关心粮食和蔬菜Living in a house towards the sea, with spring blossoms.
我有一所房子，面朝大海，春暖花开From tomorrow on,write to each of my dear ones.
从明天起，和每一个人通信Telling them of my happiness.
告诉他们我的幸福What the lightening of happiness has told me.
那幸福的闪电告诉我的I will spread it to each of them.
我将告诉每一个人Give a warm name for every river and every mountain.
给每一条河每一座山取一个温暖的名字Strangers,I will also wish you happy.
陌生人，我也为你祝福May you have a brilliant future!
愿你有一个灿烂的前程May you lovers eventually become spouses!
愿有情人终成眷属May you enjoy happiness in this earthly world!
愿你们在尘世获得幸福I only wish to face the sea, with spring blossoms.