Accelerated Reader Program Selection
“We are extremely proud of Janeen’s recent accomplishments . . . not only as a member of the Florida Arts Council, but as one of Florida’s many talented individual artists.”
—Kurt S. Browning, Florida secretary of state
“Getting children interested and educated in the marine environment is vital to our ocean’s future. The book shows us how diverse our coral reefs are and why they are so important.”
—Millard McCleary, program director, Reef Relief
Through roiling waves and a swirling light show, a brave hermit crab crosses a brilliant living reef as she tackles the ocean’s obstacles on a quest to find a shell that fits. During her mission, she encounters such aquatic creatures as conch shells and shimmering jellyfish. Children, parents, and teachers alike will enjoy the colorful journey. An illustrated glossary includes information about the marine life featured in this story and an author’s note explains the effects of pollution and climate change on the ocean.
About the Author/Illustrator
Janeen Mason’s work has appeared in art galleries, on puzzles and clay tiles, and as fine-art prints. She is a member of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the Children’s Book Council. She also served as the illustrator coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Florida. An exhibit featuring her illustrations traveled throughout museums in Florida and was even displayed in the Capitol Building in Tallahassee. In addition to speaking at schools, Mason appeared on the PBS program NOVA scienceNOW
and remains a popular guest on radio. Her accolades include a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, the U.S. Maritime Literature Award, and the National Award for Excellence in Communities.
Mason is the author and illustrator of Ocean Commotion: Sea Turtles and the illustrator of The World’s Greatest Explorer; Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane; Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter; The Pirate, Pink; and Pirate Pink and Treasures of the Reef, all published by Pelican. She resides in Stuart, Florida.