time for him to leave home and see the world. Several sea creatures warn him to go back, because "the monster missed a meal today." But Herman disregards their warnings, until he swims close to the monster's maw. He must escape and get home! With bouncing rhyme and colorful illustrations, this tale for young children gives pure enjoyment-and a few hints not to roam too far from home. About the Author Deborah Allen is a veteran elementary school teacher whose experience spans thirty-one years. She fell in love with children's books early in her career and knew that some day she would have to write the book that she had inside her. About the Illustrator The joy of creating whimsical characters has always been a part of Gary McDaniels' life. As an elementary school teacher he has found a career that blends the excitement of working with young people and his creative nature.