"You don't understand," said Olly. "I want to do something important." "Important?" said Mr. Oyster. "Yes," Olly explained. "I want to help clean the bay like the blue crab and the barnacle and the sea cucumber and the sea urchin." There once was a young oyster named Olly who lived in the Chesapeake Bay. He loved to drift with the currents, but Olly had been traveling his whole life and wanted to settle down. He wanted to do something important?elp clean the Chesapeake Bay.But what can a little oyster do? He doesn't have pincers or fingers or sharp teeth or legs and feet.Journey under the Chesapeake Bay with Olly's little minnow friend and find out how Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay. Early reader?ges 5-8.
Elaine Ann Allen is an avid environmentalist. She grew up in Goldsboro, Maryland and received a BA in English Literature from Washington College. While studying at Washington College she interned at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and has volunteered at the Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium in Manhattan Beach, California.Elaine has written several articles about sea life for Cecil Child magazine and enjoys educating the public about aquatic life and the importance of the environment. Those concepts are the primary focus in her debut book Olly the Oyster. Elaine currently resides in Maryland with her family and is pursuing a masters degree.Artist and illustrator Kelli Nash has studied art throughout her life, taking every art class she could from elementary to high school. She graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in graphic design and illustration from American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her style ranges from colorful children? illustrations to fine art. She works mostly in acrylics, watercolors, pen, and ink. Kelli is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.

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