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Storytime Activity: This is a Sea Cow

Manatees are affectionately called Sea Cows in this second grader’s report.

On July 23rd the International Childrens Arts Network is premiering This is a Sea Cow, a story written and illustrated by Cassandra Federman and published by Albert Whitman and Co. In this colorful book, we follow Sea Cow- or Manatee as she prefers to be called, as she comes to life on the pages of a school report and teaches a creative second grader (and all of you!) the exciting truth about Manatees.


Cassandra Federman

Cassandra was born and raised in Massachusetts, where she spent her childhood reading comic books, playing action figures, drawing superheroes, and participating in all things nerdy (before that became cool).

She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University and moved to Los Angeles, where she worked in film and television. She later became a hand model and even played Jessica Alba’s hands once—allegedly. (The footage has never been found…)

She recently gave up pretending to be famous people’s hands to focus on creating art and literature for children.


Did this story make a splash? Be sure to check out another book by Cassandra-  ”This is a Seahorse”! Time for another school report…but now it’s Seahorse’s turn to teach the class what makes his species so special. Get it for your collection at Albert Whitman 


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(Did you miss the storytime? Buy the book from Albert Whitman here. Want more activities? More coloring awaits here!)