Why the Oyster Has the Pearl

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"Johnette Downing's vibrant storytelling makes every book a celebration between covers."
-CherĂ¯ Coen, Louisiana author and journalist

As keeper of all the jewels in the ocean, the Oyster shares these treasures with any creature who needs them. He manages the balance of wealth and beauty in the sea with the refrain, "Choose the ones you need and leave the rest." But when the greedy Snake tries to leave the other sea creatures with nothing, he is forced to live with the ...

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Overview

"Johnette Downing's vibrant storytelling makes every book a celebration between covers."
-CherĂ¯ Coen, Louisiana author and journalist

As keeper of all the jewels in the ocean, the Oyster shares these treasures with any creature who needs them. He manages the balance of wealth and beauty in the sea with the refrain, "Choose the ones you need and leave the rest." But when the greedy Snake tries to leave the other sea creatures with nothing, he is forced to live with the consequences.

In this morality tale, avarice marks the Snake permanently when he attempts to keep everything for himself.

Johnette Downing is an award-winning, internationally recognized singer/songwriter who performs original children's music. Her many accolades include six Parents' Choice Awards, four iParenting Media Awards, and four National Parenting Publication Awards. The author of nine books with Pelican, she wrote and illustrated There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs, My Aunt Came Back from Louisiane, Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud, and Amazon Alphabet and authored Chef Creole, Down in Louisiana, Today Is Monday in Louisiana, Today Is Monday in Texas, and Today Is Monday in New York. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Bethanne Hill is a Southern-born painter and illustrator whose work has appeared on the covers of numerous magazines, books, and CDs. Her bold, colorful paintings are widely collected. Why the Oyster Has the Pearl is the first children's book she has illustrated. Hill lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, artist Darius Hill, their three children, and three dogs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455614608
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 937,945
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Johnette Downing is an award-winning and internationally recognized singer and songwriter. Her many accolades include eight Parents' Choice Awards, four iParenting Media Awards, and four National Parenting Publication Awards. She wrote and/or illustrated There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs, Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud, How to Dress a Po' Boy, Why the Oyster Has the Pearl, Why the Possum Has a Large Grin, Macarooned on a Dessert Island, and other Pelican titles. Downing lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

BETHANNE HILL is an artist whose work has appeared in books, CDs, and other media. She holds a BFA in painting and sculpture from Birmingham-Southern College and is a graduate of the visual arts department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

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