The Tide Pool Waits – Gifts of Nature

For me, the ocean, rocks, and shore are calming. The sound of the waves, the feel of the sand, and the smell of the ocean bring a sense of beauty and peace.

The Tide Pool Waits is a lyrical telling of how nature creates tide pools, leaving ocean creatures behind to wait patiently for the high tide to return them to the ocean.

The Tide Pool Waits written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Amy Hevron, Neal Porter Books, 2022

The text begins. “The waves… CR-A-A-A-A-SH in. And then…cr-e-e-e-e-p out.” Water collects in pools and on rocky shores. The morning sun rises, and the day begins. Caught in the tide pools and between the rocks on the shore are ocean creatures that are left behind as the tide goes out. Mussels, turban snails, and limpets are revealed. An octopus hides in between the rocks. As the day passes. They wait. Each page turn reveals more surprises that can be found under rocks, in the seaweed, and buried in the sand. They all wait. They wait for the earth, the moon, the sun, and the wind to do what it naturally does. And when the right time comes, waves crash onto the shore. More and more water creeps in and gets higher and higher, covering the shore and the rocks. Those caught in tide pools and rocks are now free to return to their natural habitat.

Along with Amy Hevron’s vibrant illustrations, Candace Fleming’s use of alliteration and onomatopoeia poetically describe what can be seen and heard. Together, they magically pull readers into the story of ocean tides and tide pools. Detailed back matter tells what can be found in the tide pools and where the different ocean creatures live. I highly recommend this book for information and pure enjoyment.

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