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Books about Atolls (coral reefs) and Lagoons
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Balloon Lagoon (Poetry & folk tales) by Adrian Mitchell. (1997)
This collection of poems is full of different moods - funny and nonsensical, sad and lyrical. The book i s divided into sections, each one an island on which the inhabitants of Mysteriosa, Spookalulu, and Balloon Lagoon can be found.

Black Lagoon Adventures Special Edition by Mike Thaler. (2006 - Ages 9-12)
Mike Thaler is an award-winning author and illustrator who has written more than 140 books for children of all ages. He lives in Canby, Oregon, on a Christmas tree farm, with his son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Tina Lee, and his five grandchildren.

Bomb (The) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Theodore Taylor. (2007 - Ages 9-12)
In 1945, when the Americans liberate the Bikini Atoll from the Japanese, 14-year-old Sorry Rinamu does not realize that the next year he will lead a desperate effort to save his island home from a much more deadly threat.

Ghost Fleet: The Sunken Ships of Bikini Atoll by James Delgado. (1999)
In July 1946 a fleet of 242 ships, among them some of the most famous of World War II, assembled within the lagoon of Bikini Atoll, 4,500 miles from San Francisco. There, in a massive military effort dubbed Operation Crossroads, thousands of scientists and U.S. military personnel gathered to assess the atomic bomb's effect on warships in the world's first nuclear weapons tests. Four decades later, in 1989, a highly trained team of underwater archaeologists return to Bikini...

Lives On The Line: Women and Ecology On A Pacifc Atoll (Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology) by Alexandra Brewis. (1995)
Intended as a supplement to women's studies, human ecology, medical anthropology, or Pacific anthropology courses, this book examines women's issues in Butaritari, an equatorial Pacific atoll 15 kilometers long and a few hundred meters wide. This case study shows how the constraints of ecology and the contingencies of history weave through patterns of human activity on the atoll.

Living On Nothing Atoll (Aloha Cove (Prebound)) by Theresa Kelly. (1999 - YA)
Cass Devane's life is turned upside down when her mother remarries and they go to live with her new stepfather and stepsister on Kwajalein, one of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Paula Pelican: Life on the Lagoon by Donna Good Higbee. (2007 - Ages 9-12)
The woods were filled with the calls of the birds and animals. 'There is a fire! There is danger!' Paula was frightened for her friends, when suddenly she had an idea. There is only one thing Paula Pelican loves more that flying, and that's helping others. Whether its a drowning sailor, a forest fire, or a hungry village, each day is full of excitement as Paula enlists the help of her sisters and her forest friends to prove that life can be one amazing adventure.

Pearl Lagoon (The) by Charles Nordhoff. (1927)
A great story of the sea, by one who knows. Has a decent knowledge of the Islands as a white man and native; skipper,trader, and pearl-diver;the sea,the lagoons, the small and lonely bits of land---(A part of the Author's preface from Tahiti 1924.)

Photo Guide to Fishes of the Maldives (Springfield Atoll Editions) by Rudie H. Kuiter. (1998)
The author accepted Atoll Edition's invitation to visit the Maldives and during the course of his visits was able to photograph all the known species of reef fishand more. His work was complemented by the efforts of Toshi Kozawa, Neville Coleman and Jrg Aebi and he was able to utilise the efforts of other expert photographers.

Rover's Secret (The): A Tale of the Pirate Cays and Lagoons of Cuba (Dodo Press) by Harry Collingwood. (2007 - Ages 9-12)
William Joseph Cosens Lancaster (1851-1922) was a civil engineer who specialised in seas and harbours. He wrote Juvenile Adventures under the pseudonym Harry Collingwood. His works include: The Secret of the Sands (1879), Under the Meteor Flag: Log of a Midshipman During the French Revolutionary War (1884), The Voyage of the Aurora (1885), and many others.

Tales From Pixie Hollow 2 (4 Copy Box Set) (Prilla and the Butterfly Lie, Masterpiece for Bess, Fira and the Full Moon, Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon)-various authors. (2007-Ages 9-12)
Follow the second star on your right and fly straight on till morning and you'll find a place you know from your dreams - Never Land. Past the pirate ships and Peter Pan's secret hideaway is Pixie Hollow. Pixie Hollow is the Never Fairies' kingdom, and each fairy who lives there has a special talent. Rani makes magic with water. Fira's glow can light up the entire Home Tree. Bess brings color to everyone's life with her paintings.

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Between Sea & Lagoon: Eco-Social History Of Anlo Of Southeastern Ghana (Western African Studies) by Emmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong. (2002)
Blue Lagoon (The) - A Romance by H. de Vere Stacpoole. (2009)
Coastal Lagoons: Ecosystem Processes and Modeling for Sustainable Use and Development by I. Ethem Gonenc. (2004)
Confessions of a Swinging Single Sea Turtle: The Fourteenth Sherman's Lagoon Collection (Sherman's Lagoon Collections) by Jim Toomey. (2009)
Coral Reef by Donald Silver. (1997 - Ages 4-8)
Coral Reef Coloring Book by Ruth Soffer. (1995 - Ages 9-12)
For the Good of Mankind: A History of the People of Bikini and their Islands (Second Edition) by Jack Niedenthal. (2001)
Ghost Fleet of the Truk Lagoon: An Account of "Operation Hailstone", February, 1944 by William Herman Stewart. (1986)
Haunted Lagoon (The) (Dana Girls Mystery Stories - Revised, 8) by Carolyn Keene. (1973)
Hello, Fish!: Visiting The Coral Reef by Sylvia Earle. (2001 - Ages 4-8)
Jump Into Science: Coral Reefs by Sylvia Earle. (2009 - Ages 4-8)
Lagoon (The) by Lilli Carré. (2008)
Lagoon (The): A Collection of Short Stories by Janet Frame. (1997)
Lagoon Engine Volume 6 by Yukiru Sugisaki. (2009 - YA)
Life in a Coral Reef (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Wendy Pfeffer. (2009 - Ages 4-8)
Lost Lagoon: A Pacific adventure by Armstrong Sperry. (1956)
Misty the Mermaid in the Pearl Lagoon Adventure (Collector Books With Stickers) by Christopher Brown.
Secret Seahorse (Hide-And-Seek Books (Barefoot Books)) by Stella Blackstone. (1985 - Baby-Preschool)
Octonauts (The) and the Great Ghost Reef by Meomi. (2009 - Ages 4-8)
Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon (A Stepping Stone Book(TM) by Lisa Papademetriou. (2006 - Ages 9-12)
Reef Set (The): Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral (3 Volumes) by Paul Humann. (2002)
Sharks Just Wanna Have Fun: The Thirteenth Sherman's Lagoon Collection (Sherman's Lagoon Collections) by Jim Toomey. (2008)
Sherman's Lagoon 1991 to 2001: Greatest Hits and Near Misses by Jim Toomey. (2002)
Sherman's Lagoon: Ate That, What's Next? by Jim Toomey. (1997)
Treasure of the Lost Lagoon (Step Into Reading. a Step 3 Book) by Geoffrey Hayes. (1991 - Ages 9-12)
Ultimate Guide to Hawaiian Reef Fishes (The): Sea Turtles, Dolphins, Whales, and Seals by John P. Hoover. (2008)
Underwater Alphabet Book (The) (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books) by Jerry Pallotta. (1991 - Ages 4-8)
Venice and Its Lagoon: Historical Artistic Guide by Giulio Lorenzetti. (no date)
Venice. The Islands of the Lagoon (Discovering Venice Series) by Giovanni Cavarzere. (2010)
Words of the Lagoon: Fishing and Marine Lore in the Palau District of Micronesia by R.E. Johannes. (1992)
Yarns and Shanties (And Other Nautical Baloney): The Twelfth Sherman's Lagoon Collection (Sherman's Lagoon Collections) by Jim Toomey. (2007)

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1) "Legend of Isireri Lagoon (The)"
— Santa Cruz, Bolivia
2) "Elephant and Tortoise"
— South Africa
3) "Headless Horseman (The)" — Texas version
4) "Ka'ahupahau"
— O'ahu, Hawai'i
5) "Kaneaukai — A Legend of Waialua" — Hawai'i
6) "Legend of Macapuno (The)"
— Philippine Islands
7) "Sención, the Indian Girl" — Cuba
8) "Story of the Eel and the Flounder (The)"
— Tuvalu
9) "Tuvalu, My Tuvalu" — Tuvalu
10) "Why the Crow is Black" — Australia

1) "Legend of Isireri Lagoon (The)" — a Santa Cruz, Bolivia legend. Posted by boliviabella.com.

Isidoro was a very restless child who always accompanied his mother to launder the clothes in a small local swamp where all the local women washed clothes. One day, as his mother was laying the clothing out to dry on top of the patujú bushes, Isidoro caused one piece of clothing to fall off the washboard and into the water. Isidoro walked into the water to retrieve it.

"Isidor, where are you..." called his mother.

"I'm here Mother, picking up some clothing out of the water..." he answered.

"Well, hurry, because I'm almost finished hanging the clothes..." she said.

A few moments later, worried because he had not returned, his mother called out for him again and he answered "Yes, mother... here I am..." but his voice seemed to be more distant...

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2) "Elephant and Tortoise" — found in South African Folk-Tales (Forgotten Books) by James A. Honey (1910) from sacred-texts.com. (May be used for "Rain" and "Water Hole" as well. (Africa)

Two powers, Elephant and Rain, had a dispute. Elephant said, "If you say that you nourish me, in what way is it that you do so?" Rain answered, "If you say that I do not nourish you, when I go away, will you not die? And Rain then departed.

Elephant said, "Vulture! cast lots to make rain for me."

Vulture said, "I will not cast lots."

Then Elephant said to Crow, "Cast lots! who answered, "Give the things with which I may cast lots." Crow cast lots and rain fell. It rained at the lagoons, but they dried up, and only one lagoon remained.

Elephant went a-hunting. There was, however, Tortoise, to whom Elephant said, "Tortoise, remain at the water!" Thus Tortoise was left behind when Elephant went a-hunting...

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3) "Headless Horseman (The)" — a legend from Texas, USA. Posted by maxpages.com.

It is 1917, a couple is traveling by covered wagon to the little Texas town of San Diego to visit an elderly relative. Dusk is upon them, so they begin looking for a place to set up camp for the night. Far off in the distance, they spot the flickering light of a campfire. The man turns to his wife and says, "It might be good to camp near some other folks." So he points his wagon toward the distant light.

As they approach the campfire, the light appears to get dimmer and dimmer. By the time they arrive, the fire is nothing more than a few glowing embers. Whoever was there, was now gone, but the campsite is ideal. The couple decides to stay at their present location, just beside a tall oak tree next to the gently sloped banks of a lagoon...

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4) "Ka'ahupahau" — Traditions of O'ahu: Stories of an Ancient Island from APDI.kcc.hawaii.edu/. (Hawai'i)

The guardian sharks of Pu'uloa were Ka'ahupahau and her brother Kahi'uka. Such guardian sharks, which inhabited the coastlines of all the islands, were benevelont gods who were cared for and worshiped by the people and who aided fishermen, protected the life of the seas, and drove off man-eating sharks. Ka'ahupahau may mean "Well-cared for Feather Cloak" (the feather cloak was a symbol of royalty). Kahi'uka means "Smiting Tail"; his shark tail was used to strike at enemy sharks; he also used his tail to strike fishermen as a warning that unfriendly sharks had entered Pu'uloa. Ka'ahupahau lived in an underwater cave in Honouliuli lagoon (West Loch). Kahi'uka lived in an underwater cave off Moku'ume'ume (Ford Island) near Keanapua'a Point at the entrance of East Loch; he also had the form of an underwater stone. (Sterling and Summers 54, 56).The following story by Pa'ahana Wiggin, published in 1926 (Pukui and Green), tells of Ka'ahupahau's defense of her waters against Mikololou, a man-eating shark from the Big Island:

Mikololou was a shark from Ka'u district on the island of Hawai'i (a). One day he and his shark friends, Kua, Keli'ikaua o Ka'u, Pakaiea, and Kalani, set out on a visit to O'ahu. On the way they fell in with other sharks all going in the same direction.

Arriving at Pu'uloa ("Long-Hill," Pearl Harbor), they encountered Ka'ahupahau, the female shark who guarded the entrance of Pearl Harbor. She had another body in the form of a net extremely difficult to tear, with which she captured all alien sharks who entered her harbor. Her brother Kahi'uka, "The-smiting-tail," struck at intruders with his tail, one side of which was larger than the other and very sharp (b). These two with their followers were not man-eating sharks and the people on land guarded them well, bringing them food and scraping their backs free of the barnacles that attached themselves there (c).

When the visitors arrived, one of them remarked, "Ah! what delicious-looking crabs you have here!" Now man-eating sharks speak of men as "crabs," and Ka'ahupahau knew at once that some of the strangers were man-eaters...

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5) "Kaneaukai - A Legend of Waialua" — a legend from Hawai'i, retold by Thos. G. Thrum. Posted by luaupartyshop.com.

Long ago, when the Hawaiians were in the darkness of superstition and kahunaism, with their gods and lords many, there lived at Mokuleia, Waialua, two old men whose business it was to pray to Kaneaukai for a plentiful supply of fish. These men were quite poor in worldly possessions, but given to the habit of drinking a potion of awa after their evening meal of poi and fish.

The fish that frequented the waters of Mokuleia were the aweoweo, kala, manini, and many other varieties that find their habitat inside the coral reefs. Crabs of the white variety burrowed in the sand near the seashore and were dug out by the people, young and old. The squid also were speared by the skilful fishermen, and were eaten stewed, or salted and sun-dried and roasted on the coals. The salt likely came from Kaena Point, from salt-water evaporation in the holes of rocks so plentiful on that stormy cape. Or it may have been made on the salt pans of Paukauwila, near the stream of that name, where a few years ago this industry existed on a small scale.

But to return to our worshippers of Kaneaukai...

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"Legend of Macapuno (The)" — a legend from the Philippine Islands from seasite.niu.edu/.

Some generations before the caravels of Legaspi entered Manila Bay, this lagoon was home to a family of the rajah class who had been exiled from Brunei for some reason connected with the execution of the Sultan, a cruel and avaricious ruler. Reduced to the lowest circumstances, Rajah Madia and his wife Kimay made the banks of the lagoon their home. Without the usual regiment of slaves and with no means of obtaining them, their household consisted of their only daughter, Macapuno, a girl of extreme beauty and affability and a princess in her own right; the aged brother of Madia, named Tidoy; and Tidoy's two sons, Kamanchille and Guanar, both growing into manhood. The river, marsh, and forest supplied their simple wants, as it did those of their neighbors on the lush banks of the Pasig.

Although many asked for the hand of the beautiful and modest Macapuno, none was of sufficient rank to satisfy Madia and his wife. Attractive and lovable she grew into womanhood, but lacking a noble suitor, she busied herself solely with the tasks of the household. If she had dreams, she kept them to herself...

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7) "Sención, the Indian Girl" — a folktale from Cuba, 1816. Posted by google.com.

There once was a black man who lived with his old wife and their beautiful daughter. They lived together in a hut made of stalks and palm tree leaves, which they'd recently built on a picturesque site near the lagoon in Sagua la Grande.

Acensíon was the young girl's name, but her parents had lovingly nicknamed her Sencíon. Her skin, like her father's, was the color of rich, aromatic coffee, but her facial features displayed a mixture of the three races: white, black, and Indian. In fact, she was often called "The Indian Girl" because of her long, black, silky hair that was tightly woven into two long braids that fell gracefully over her shoulders. Although her exquisite beauty had made more than one young man fall in love with her, she had developed a strong and arrogant disposition...

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http://tinyurl.com/y4jva59 (starts on page 26)

8) "Story of the Eel and the Flounder (The)" — a legend of the creation of the eight main islands of Tuvalu (atolls-coral reefs). From www.janeresture.com/index.htm.

The Eel and the Flounder were once great friends. They lived in one home in the sea and shared things together. One day they made up their minds to carry home a very huge stone to test who was the stronger of them. On the way home, they began to argue, and then to fight and the Flounder was seriously wounded. He was crushed beneath the stone but fortunately escaped death. When he had freed himself he chased the Eel who at the same time was vomiting after getting a heavy blow to his stomach. As the Eel ran for his life, still vomiting, his body became thinner and thinner. At last he hid himself in a hole. While the Flounder was still looking for him, the Eel said some magic words to help him escape...

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9) "Tuvalu, My Tuvalu" — a Tuvalu poem from Pacific Island Radio and


Tuvalu, my Tuvalu the land across the sea
Surrounded by the Ocean, you mean so much to me
I miss these coral atolls with gentle swaying palms
With smiling gentle people, so peaceful and so calm...

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10) "Why the Crow is Black" — a legend from Australia from sacred-texts.com. (May be used for Water Holes as well.)

One day, a crow and a hawk hunted together in the bush. After travelling together for some time, they decided to hunt in opposite directions, and, at the close of the day, to share whatever game they had caught. The crow travelled against the sun, and at noonday arrived at a broad lagoon which was the haunt of the wild ducks. The crow hid in the tall green reeds fringing the lagoon, and prepared to trap the ducks. First, he got some white clay, and, having softened it with water, placed two pieces in his nostrils. He then took a long piece of hollow reed through which he could breathe under water, and finally tied a net bag around his waist in which to place the ducks.

On the still surface of the lagoon, the tall gum trees were reflected like a miniature forest. The ducks, with their bronze plumage glistening in the sun, were swimming among the clumps of reeds, and only paused to dive for a tasty morsel hidden deep in the water weeds. The crow placed the reed in his mouth, and, without making any sound, waded into the water...

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From Wikipedia: Definition of atoll. Aerial photographs. Includes usage, distribution, formation, national monuments, references, reading and external links.

Atolls of the Maldives from Wikipedia.

From The Encyclopedia of Earth. Definition, information, distribution, size, formation, with aerial photographs and graphic illustrations.

From Google: Thousands of stunning photographs of atolls around the world.

Nature Gallery: Formation of Islands and Reefs in the Pacific from pacificislandtravel.com. Includes information about plate tectonics, pacific Ocean, Hawaiian Islands, Midway Islands, volcanoes, Marshall, Tuamotu and Kirbatl islands, Bora-Bora, Bikini and Tarawa atolls, Australia, Queensland and Cape York Peninsula.

How is an Atoll formed? from wisegeek.com. Information on the creation of an atoll.

What is an Atoll? The Maldives.from kidscantravel.com.

Atolls or coral islands; their strange appearance; their connection with volcanoes; their mode of formation; Antarctic volcanoes; diatomaceous deposits. From kids.net.au.

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve in Cardiff, California. Includes highlights, regulations, Nature Center, Directions. From sandiegocoastlife.com

Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad, California. Includes highlights, fishing, public access, prohibited uses. From sandiegocoastline.com

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Kids' stuff: Snooks' Cove, Indian River Lagoon activity book and Indian Rivr Lagoon coloring book. Understanding water bodies, watersheds and storms. From St. Johns River Water Management Disstrict, Florida.

Kid's Eye View of Disney World' Typhoon Lagoon in Florida.

From Discovery Education.com, Coral Reefs lesson plan. Objectives: Students will understand that the animals that live in a coral reef are uniquely suited to their environment.

From the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pirce, Florida. Educational Opportunities: School and Group Prgrams, including Ecosystem Explorers investigating the Indian River Lagoon.

From Discovery Education.com, Blue Planet: Coral Seas. Objectives: Working in groups, students will focus on basic information about coral polyps and coral reefs; coral reef habitats; or natural and human threats to coral reefs. They will create a poster about their assigned topic and use the poster to teach the topic to the rest of the class.

Smithsonian in Your Classroom: compare and contrast two dynamic marine ecosystems: 1) coral reefs and 2) rocky shores.

Operation Reef Rescue! A Coral Reef WebQuest. From North Salem School Distrct, North Salem, New York. "Titanic Asteroid Approaching Earth's Polar Ice Cap! Scientists predict that the subssequent melting ice cap will destroy the ecological balance of the oceans, resulting in the eradication of the coral reef communities..."

From PBS Newshour Extra. Lesson Plan: Stopping the Demise of the World's Coral Reefs — Background, Activities and Critical Analysis by Lisa Prososki. Three 50-minute class periods plus additional time for presentations and extension activities. Includes online links, Scavenger Hunt worksheet, teacher key, research worksheet and other resources materials.

From KaAMS (Kids as Airborne Mission Scientists): What is a Coral Reef? Students will draw a picture of coral reefs, discuss symbiosis and relate it to coral reefs, construct paper models of different types of island coral reefs; and build different types of coral reefs with Plaster of Paris. Based on the understanding of what coral reefs are, how they work, what features they have, and where they grow, students can determine what data they will need to collect to evaluate whether restrictions should be applied to tourism, recreation, or commercial enterprises around the coral reefs in Kailua Bay.

A Polynesian Story from NationalGeographic Xpeditions. Lesson plans explore the history of Polynesia, the geography of Polynesia, the origins of the Polnesian people, ancient and modern Polynesian culture, and the relationship of Polynesian people with their natural environment.

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