Press Release 22 August 2011


Book Deal Signed With Mariposa Press: Bookaroos’ Books Now In France

22 August 2011, Fayetteville, AR, USA

Thanks to recent exposure of “Sea Horse, run!” at American trade shows, Bookaroos Publishing has signed a deal with Mariposa Press for distribution of Bookaroos’ books in France.

“Sea Horse, run!” was listed as the picture book winner in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards catalog which was distributed at Book Expo America (“BEA”) in New York (May 24-26, 2011). “Sea Horse, run!” was also on display in a cooperative booth staffed by members of the Independent Book Publisher’s Association (“IBPA”) at BEA and the American Library Association in New Orleans (ALA 2011, June 23-28). The national exposure for Bookaoos’ new title paid off when “Sea Horse, run!” caught the attention of Mariposa Press, a distributor of English language titles to bookstores throughout France. The company’s President, Laurie Blum Guest, requested samples of every book published by Bookaroos.

Bookaroos Publishing has four children’s picture books in print: Tiny Snail, The Kaleidonotes & the Mixed-Up Orchestra, Polliwog, and the award-winning “Sea Horse, run!”. Tammy Carter Bronson, President of Bookaroos Publishing, says, “We feel our picture books have a timeless, universal quality, and we are thrilled that Mariposa Press has chosen to represent all of our books for distribution in France.”

"Sea Horse, run!" at Book Expo America 2011

All four books will be highlighted in the Mariposa Press Fall/Winter children’s catalogue which will be distributed to bookstores and to potential buyers at France’s children’s book fair, the Salon du Livre et de la Presse Jeunesse (Nov 30-Dec 5, 2011 à Montreuil) and at the French Book-Expo in Paris, Salon du Livre, March 16-19, 2012.

Mariposa Press has been in existence since 1981. Prior to taking over Mariposa, company president Laurie Blum Guest worked in New York as both a book packager and editor with Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, and Henry Holt. She also created her own series of books with 63 titles, sold several million copies, and has been a regular guest on CNN television.

For additional information, or to schedule an interview with Tammy Carter Bronson, e-mail, or visit the Bookaroos Publishing website at:

QS? Contact: Matthew Shane Bronson, Publicity Department
Bookaroos Publishing, Inc., P. O. Box 8518, Fayetteville, AR 72703
Phone/Fax 479-443-0339 or 479-443-6789


Bubble Coral


Photo by Tammy Carter Bronson, October 2010

The common name ‘Bubble Coral’ may bring to mind an image of a soft, pliable animal, but bubble coral is actually a reef-builder known as a true, hard coral. The polyps or tiny animals that make up this colony have twelve or more legs. Bubble corals are often found in deep water near the base of a reef which is why specimens in aquariums require a gentle water current and low light. The coral skeleton is protected during the day by the inflatable ‘bubbles.’ At night the bubbles retract allowing the tentacles to emerge and hunt for food. This coral can be aggressive. If threatened by another coral, the tentacles will sting and kill its rival. Bubble corals are native to the Indo-Pacific region including the waters around Australia, the Indian Ocean, and Red Sea. Captive specimens are fairly hardy and relatively easy to care for. Combine this with it’s intriguing appearance, and its no wonder bubble corals are popular in aquariums.

More Information:

How to Keep Bubble Coral

Bubble Coral

Art © 2011 by Tammy Carter Bronson

Click on a question or link below to learn more about corals:

What is a coral polyp?

How do polyps eat?

Do coral polyps have eyes?

Why are corals important to sea horses?

How are corals named?
This page includes a complete chart of every coral in “Sea Horse, run!”. The chart shows how corals are classified in relation to one another. An individual coral may have more than one common name.

Additional Names for Bubble Coral include Grape Coral and Pearl Coral.

Match Game


Match the animal with their name.

Each animal/number in the picture corresponds with a name on the list below.
Write the animal’s number from the picture beside the animal’s
name on the list below
(scroll down for list).

You must double click the list below then print it out to fill in the numbers.

TEACHERS & STUDENTS: Please print and copy the images as needed.

Click on VIEW ANSWERS to how you did.

Double-click the image and print (landscape) on 8.5 x 11 paper.

Double-click the list above then print to fill in the numbers.

Weedy Sea Dragons

Weedy Sea Dragon

Art © 2011 by Tammy Carter Bronson

Weedy Sea Dragons are widespread along Australia’s southern coast from Sydney on the east coast to the Perth region in the west. They are especially abundant in shallow, weedy areas, but “Weedies” have even been found as far south as the southern tip of Tasmania. Their color and leafy appendages vary depending on their environment and diet. Weedies can grow to one and a half feet in length, and specimens in captivity can live well over ten years.

The mating season for the Weedy Sea Dragon begins around October or November which is Spring in Australia. Following an elaborate mating dance, a female will lay her eggs on the underside of the male’s tail. The male Weedy carries 250 to 300 eggs under his tail, and the eggs hatch in about two months. The following BBC video shows the mating ritual of a pair of Weedies in their natural habitat.

Weedies are almost fully grown after one year. If the tanks are deep enough, this species will breed in captivity; as a result, Weedies are becoming more common in aquariums. Most specimens found in aquariums were tank-raised in Victoria. Wild adults do not adapt well to captivity and are likely to die after capture, whereas young, tank-raised specimens easily survive transport.

Sea dragons are classified in the family Syngnathidae (pronounced sin-NATH-ih-dee). Every animal in this family is a fish. Syngnathdae is Greek for “fused jaws” because the mouths of fish in this family do not open or close. About 330 species of Syngnathidae have been classified. At least thirty-seven species are sea horses, three species are sea dragons (leafy, weedy and ribboned), and the rest are pipehorses or pipefishes.

Weedy Dragon from

The vast array of brilliant colors (red, yellow, orange, blue, violet) combined with the lines and dots often exhibited by this species make the Weedy Sea Dragon a candidate for the “Rainbow Serpent,” one of the most revered ancestral spirits of Aboriginal folklore.

Example of Aboriginal Art

Recommended Reading:

Seahorses, Pipefishes, and Their Relatives: A Comprehensive Guide to Syngnathiformes by Rudie H. Kuiter.
Copyright 2000, Revised 2003. Published TMC Publishing, Choleywood, United Kingdom.



My latest video demonstrates how I created my character, Ribbon, for “Sea Horse, run!”. It takes 6 minutes to view, but it’s worth it. You’ll see real ribboned sea dragons at the Minnesota Aquarium as well as the step-by-step process I use to draw, paint, cut out, and design a character for the book. As an added bonus, I’ll show you exactly where I hid Ribbon on every page in the story.

Ribbon is a ribboned sea dragon. Specimens are usually greenish-yellow like the sea grasses they hide in. Ribboned sea dragons are found in waters northwest of Australia. They can grow to be about one foot in length. Ribboned sea dragons are more tropical than their southern relatives, the leafy and weedy sea dragons.

     Weedy Sea Dragon     

Sea dragons are classified in the family Syngnathidae (pronounced sin-NATH-ih-dee). Every animal in this family is a fish. Syngnathdae is Greek for “fused jaws” because the mouths of fish in this family do not open or close. About 330 species of Syngnathidae have been classified. At least thirty-seven species are sea horses, three species are sea dragons, and the rest are pipehorses or pipefishes.

Bony Fish

Butterfly Fish

Butterfly Fish like to swim in pairs.

Several people have asked how I selected the fish for “Sea Horse, run!”. With thousands of fish species to choose from, I had to narrow my options. In the beginning I found the choices overwhelming, then I decided to pick fish named for animals in my previous books. In Tiny Snail the reader meets Mr. Squirrel and Miss Butterfly, so I chose a squirrel fish and butterfly fish.

Squirrel Fish    

In my third picture book, Polliwog’s best friend is Perch. I chose two different perch for “Sea Horse, run!”: the pearl perch and gurnard perch. Since Polliwog is about a tadpole who doesn’t know she’s turning into a frog, I had to include a frog fish, too!

Pearl Perch    Common Gurnard Perch    Frog Fish

Pipefish are related to sea horses and sea dragons, and pipefish are the most abundant fish found in the sea horse family, Syngnathidae, meaning ‘fish with fused jaws.’ I saw the Moorish idol in several aquariums, and the sea anemones in the story needed a few clown fish for company. Plus many children can easily identify both the Moorish idol and clown fish because they are prominent characters in the classic Pixar film, Finding Nemo.

Clown Fish     Pipefish     Moorish Idol Fish

So far, most of the fish I chose for the book swim alone or in small schools, but coral reefs are home to great numbers of fish that swim in large schools. I needed at least one schooling fish that moved in large numbers, and I chose the pomfret.

Pomfret FishThere are many species of pomfrets that live in oceans around the world. The largest pomfret species lives in the Atlantic Ocean, but my pomfrets are from the eastern coast of Australia. In real life this Australian pomfret is a tiny fish only one inch in length, but my pomfrets look much larger.

Additional bony fish in “Sea Horse, run!” include the sea horse, leafy sea dragon, weedy sea dragon, ribboned sea dragon, and eel. The shark is also a fish, but sharks are not a ‘bony fish’ because they do not have bones.

Press Release 21 July 2011


PDF: Press Release 21 July 2011


21 July 2011, Fayetteville, AR, USA

Arkansas author and illustrator Tammy Carter Bronson will speak on Thursday, July 28th at DallasKidsRead!, the Dallas Children’s Book Fair & Literary Festival. Mrs. Bronson will discuss how she created “Sea Horse, run!”, her new award-winning picture book.

DallasKidsRead! was started in 1995 by Dr. Harry Robinson, Jr., President and CEO of the African American Museum in Fair Park. Since then, the event has risen to new heights and has expanded to reach thousands of children in the Dallas community. The 2011 DallasKidsRead! event will be held at the J. Erik Jonsson Dallas Central Library. The event will feature workshops, a meet and greet with several award-winning authors and illustrators, as well as a book sale. DallasKidsRead! is presented by AT&T, in partnership with the creative-learning non-profit Big Thought and the Dallas Public Library. The purpose of the literary festival is to increase the literacy rate of children and to help foster a true love for reading.

Tammy Carter Bronson lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas. For ten years Mrs. Bronson has travelled to Dallas speaking with elementary school children about the writing, illustrating and publishing process. Mrs. Bronson’s program encourages children to read as many books as possible in order to create their own stories. She is the author and illustrator of three previous picture books: Tiny Snail (2000), The Kaleidonotes & the Mixed-Up Orchestra (2001), and Polliwog (2004). The award-winning “Sea Horse, run!” (2011) is her fourth book.

Event: DallasKidsRead!
Location: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 2nd floor / 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Time: 4 – 7:00 PM

QS? Contact: Matthew Shane Bronson, Publicity Department
Bookaroos Publishing, Inc., P. O. Box 8518, Fayetteville, AR 72703
Phone/Fax 479-443-0339 or 479-443-6789,,


Read a detailed description of the event on Tammy’s Main Blog.

Teacher’s Guide



To download or print the full size PDF,

click here-> Teacher’s Guide for “Sea Horse, run!”

Text & art  ©2011 by Tammy Carter Bronson

849 words total made up of 282 different words

118 sentences / 1072 syllables

77% of the words are 1 syllable

126 syllable average for every 100 words


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RECOMMEND “Sea Horse, run!” as an Accelerated Reader (AR) Book at:

You will need the following information to fill out the form:

Book Title: Sea Horse, run!

Author’s First Name: Tammy Carter

Author’s Last Name: Bronson

Publisher: Bookaroos Publishing, Inc.

Select Level: Lower Grades (K-3)

Year Published: 2011

ISBN: 9780967816777

In the meantime, use these sample questions and create your own Accelerated Reader (AR) Test:

1)   Who is Sea Horse’s best friend?

(A) Shark     (B) Coral      (C) Eel      (D) Octopus

2)  Shark, Eel, and Octopus are afraid of …

(A) Whale    (B) Coral     (C) Dolphins     (D) Sea Dragon

3)  Coral cannot leave the reef. Who tries to save Coral from  the Sea Dragon?

(A) Eel    (B) Shark      (C) Sea Horse      (D) Octopus

4)  Sea Horse swims out to save Seaweed from the dragon, but Seaweed is really …

(A) a fish.   (B) a plant.  (C) the Eel.  (D) the Sea Dragon.

5) Which one is NOT a type of Sea Dragon…

(A)Coral     (B) Leafy     (C) Weedy     (D) Ribbon

6)  Which animal sings in the story?

(A) Sea Dragon   (B) Coral   (C) Sea Horse   (D) Octopus

7) Sea Horse turns three different colors. Which color below is NOT a color for Sea Horse in the story?

(A) red    (B) yellow    (C) green     (D) blue

ANSWERS: 1=B; 2=D; 3=C; 4=D; 5=A; 6=B; 7=C

Dot-to-Dot Activity           Activity for SEA HORSE, RUN!          Activity for SEA HORSE, RUN!

Dot-to-Dot Activity               Brain Coral Maze PDF             Sea Horse Diagram PDF

STORY SUMMARY: Rumors of an approaching sea dragon cause frightened sea creatures to flee the reef, but brave Sea Horse stays behind to defend his helpless friend, Coral.

THEMES:  The dominant themes are COURAGE and FRIENDSHIP. Sea Horse’s friendship with Coral enables him to overcome his fear and face the sea monster in the hope that he will save Coral. Sea Horse has a lot of courage to face the dragon alone, but his courage allows him to meet family members he didn’t even know he had: sea dragons!


Sea Horse is the HERO or main character.

Sea Dragon is the TEACHER who mentors the hero. At first it seems that there is no teacher character; however, when the Sea Dragon arrives, he contributes the most to the hero’s understanding of his journey.

Coral is a ‘chorus’ of HELPER characters who assist the hero on his journey. Coral helps by telling Sea Horse to swim away, but he chooses to stay behind and protect his friends.

TROUBLEMAKERS are opposed to the hero’s goal or are an obstacle for the Hero to overcome. In this story Sea Horse assumes that Shark, Eel and Octopus are helpers, but they are really troublemakers because Shark, Eel, and Octopus spread rumors that frightened all the animals.

CHARACTER ROLE REVERSALS: Sea Dragon changes from troublemaker to teacher. Shark, Eel, and Octopus change from helpers to troublemakers. And in the end, Sea Horse changes from hero to teacher when he reassures Sea Dragon that he is safe from Shark, Eel, and Octopus.