Our long-awaited new book is finally here!!! Rett and I (Eve) are SO excited to share it with you.
It’s called Accidentally on Porpoise, and true to its name, it’s a playful undersea misadventure. 😄
We’ve got some sneak peeks inside the book, so let’s dive in!
We created Accidentally on Porpoise for ages 4-8. It’s a fun family read, and also FIN-tastic for an ocean science unit + STEAM lessons in the elementary primary classroom!
Meet the two main characters:
- Echo, the accident-prone porpoise
- Gill, the hungry great white shark
The Story Sneak Peek
Echo, a young porpoise who can’t echolocate, accidentally leads a hungry shark into one silly predicament after another and (SPOILER!) ends up saving his little pod. 💦
Like our other books, the story rhymes and is SO much fun! Let’s peek into the colorful undersea adventure:
Rett and I jam-packed it full of real ocean animals + scenes. Plus, the tale celebrates being different and the good that can come of it.
Sea Life + Silly Accidents + Silver Linings
We love fusing the magic of the ocean world with a kind message (seeming flaws can be strengths) AND a fun ride along the way.
In Accidentally on Porpoise, Echo’s inability to echolocate luckily makes him a hero in the end. Plus, the silly accidents will make you giggle!
Hand-drawn + Hand-painted Art
Ahh, our artwork (artplay?) is so fun to create!
Rett draws all of the animals + scenes with pencil + paper, and then we both hand-paint them! Yep, we use REAL paint + brushes to bring them to life.
When I taught marine biology for over a decade, I dreamed of expanding those classroom walls to reach more kids, which sparked us to create a children’s book together.
We don’t have any formal art training but were determined to create a children’s book to help inspire kids to be in awe of the ocean.
Each little anemone, starfish, rock, and fish are all hand-drawn + hand-painted, along with the undersea backgrounds:
Real Sea Life
While the story is fiction, the book is packed with tons of real ocean life + marine science.
Throughout the fun ride, we also:
- share the difference between a porpoise and a dolphin
- explain the concept of echolocation (how animals can use sound to find hidden objects)
- introduce predators + food webs
Some of the animals + habitats pictured include:
- leopard shark
- sea lion
- coral reef
- yellowfin tuna
- sea turtle
- crown-of-thorns starfish
- sea stars
- sea anemone
- and SO many more!
Info Back Pages + Upcoming Activities
And true to my teacher roots, we’ve added an informative back spread about the real sea life in the book, including how echolocation works.
Plus, soon we’ll have some activities that go with the book, so stay tuned on our email list!
How to Get It
We hope you love diving into it and don’t forget to stay tuned for go-along activities!
Live with porpoise,
Eve + Rett Taylor