From the Author
How and why I wrote this book
I've known for a long time that children love songs and storiestold in cumulative verse like "This is the House that Jack built. I've also known for a long time that the all of the sea's creatures depend on food that comes directly or indirectly from the sea's tiniest creatures -- the phytoplankton who turn sunlight into sugar through the miracle of photosynthesis. It seemed to me that cumulative verse was an ideal way to introduce children to this wonderful mystery of the natural world. I'm glad that Dawn Publications agreed.