The following collection of thematically related readings is available
in The Cay and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature
"Long Trip," "Sea Calm," "Death of an Old Seaman" by Langston
(from Collected Poems, © 1994)
Summary: Three poems capture the haunting nature of the sea. "Long Trip"
describes its monotony and its vastness, and "Sea Calm" describes its
foreboding stillness. "Death of an Old Seaman" tells of an old sailor's
love of the sea.
Excerpts from Survive the Savage Sea by Dougal Robertson
Summary: Five excerpts from this true heroic adventure story show a
family stranded in the Pacific after their schooner is attacked and
sunk by killer whales.
"The Shark" by John Ciardi
(from Fast and Slow, © 1975)
Summary: This light-hearted poem reflects upon the object of the shark's
single-minded pursuit: dinner!
Excerpt from The Killer Storms by Gary Jennings, ©
Summary: This excerpt tells of the hurricane throughout human history.
Named for the Caribbean god Hurak'n, this storm has puzzled and thwarted
explorers since prehistory. Native Americans, Columbus's sailors, modern
navies and even the American space program have all had to reckon with
this massive power.
"Colin's Island" by Lynn Joseph
(from The Mermaid's Twin Sister: More Stories From Trinidad,
Summary: A Caribbean storyteller shares a Trinidadian legend about a
boy who prays for rain and flowers. He finally turns to the sea, begging
for a share in its treasures. When the sea responds, he must decide
for himself which of the sea's treasures is most preciousits natural
beauty or its wealth–producing oil.