Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Larry Bear and the Endless Sea - Version 3

Some of you may or may not know that I originally started this blog to do one specific thing: 

Self publish a Children's book.

Throughout my journey, I have learned many things, gained and lost my steam, 
and even lost the insight of  my dreams.

However, I sat down and wrote my favorite original clown story into a blank shell of a Children's picture book,while on vacation in San Diego last week, and although it was just the text, 
the process inspired me to push myself even further!

When I returned home, I experienced a scare when I couldn't locate my Larry Bear story and latest revisions.  
Life had been crazy and the folder they were in got misplaced.

Finally, today I found them and I am so happy that I get to share the latest version of my story with you - 


Thanks for being along for the ride!  
Hope you enjoy!

Please let me know what you think!

by Amanda Steinhaus

Larry the bear travels everywhere.

He lives on a ship and plays sweet music.

His friend, the wind, blows soft into his sail

Moving him onward, a fresh ocean smell

Larry Bear breathes a big breath of fresh air

Then brushes his teeth and combs his white hair.

He spends most of his days far out at sea

Fishing and playing the ukulele!

He sings, "Oh how I love the BIG ocean!
The water so salty and blue!
It's where I go play, everyday -- 
There's no other fun like it, too!"

And it's true, It's blue!  And full of things, too!

Like the fish in the sea who hear his song,
They swim to the surface and dance along.
Larry Bear boogies above on his ship!
He spins and sings with his little bird Skip.
“Ahoy!” says Larry, while Skip looks cute
And they sail all day across the big blue.

The ocean sways for them. It cradles the boat.
There's so much inside it, they’re lucky they float.
Underneath are the fish, whales and seaweed.
A wise old turtle, with stories you see!
So vivid and real with imagery!

Like the one of the drill brought here by man
That drilled all the oil out of the sand.
Big pipes bring it up onto a huge barge,
It’s refined with stuff and used to fuel cars.
This made the man happy and full of greed
‘Til the big drill broke and spilled in the sea!

The seaweed was drowning in thick, black slime
And the birds that ate it had a rough time.
The whale spouted up high -- fresh spilled oil,
And the dancing fish soon began to spoil.
The turtle got oil under his shell
He couldn’t swim around very well.

The air filled with smoke, ruining the breeze,
From the burning oil over the sea.

Poor Skip sneezed and Larry fell to his knees!
From the top of his lungs, he made his plea,

"We must find a way to stop all of this!
Before my fishy friends all perish!
Because of them I am never alone.
Is oil worth it? Worth hurting their home?

The sea once blue, so clear you could see through,
Is filled with black gloops the fish eat for food.
And the birds, whales and everyone else, too,
Are getting sick quick!  It’s terrible news!

But my ocean friends still have a good chance,
If parents and kids learn to change their plans.
If they choose to rides bikes and park their cars,
They can choose to drive less, it’s not too hard!

Because to conserve things and stay in town
Can really cut smog and oil use down!
If we use the free power in our legs
We can save our money for rainy days!

That one little choice will be the BIG voice

That tells this great earth, we value its worth!
Will you choose to plant yourself a tree?
To provide you with your own air to breathe?

Will you choose to keep the big ocean blue?
Will you ask your parents to choose it, too?
The choice is now yours! So try and choose right!
Then my friends and I can sleep sound at night.

New choices will come each day that you wake.
You must learn to choose each choice that you make.
The things you choose now decide the future.
There are lots of things to love and nurture. 

So start with yourself! 
Start with your own health,
And remember good decisions are your greatest wealth!"