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The Sea Star Song


Sung to the tune of 'Build me up Buttercup' by the Foundations

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Linckia laevigata (Valvatida)

Linckia laevigata (Valvatida). © 2003 Massimo Boyer

Why do you pick me up (pick me up) out of the sea

when its not good for me (good for me) and pull me apart,

but if you knew (if you knew) my limbs grow back slowly

when you rip them off (rip them off) I'm a self-amputee

It's ok! (It's ok!) I've got 5 equal segments,

each one with its own set of organs.

Don't pick me up (pick me up) 'cause i sure like being a sea star.

"I release my eggs" into the depths of the sea

so that we, fertilize externally

(Hey Hey Hey!) Babies Babies, they'll float around

(Hey Hey Hey!) Babies Babies, they will grow quickly

Before you know,  carnivorous they'll be and colourful too

ooo-ooo ooo ooo-ooo ooo

So why do you pick me up (pick me up) out of the sea,

when it's not good for me (good for me) I can't see or hear.

I sense by tube feet (by tube feet) which move me around

although quite slowly (quite slowly) as I'm not a real fish

I lack fins! (I lack fins!) and I am an invertebrate

I have traits similar to a sand dollar

So dont pick me up (pick me up) 'cause I sure love being a sea star! 

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We dedicate this treehouse to our teacher Ms. Rowlandson for getting us involved.

Author: seastarannemarie1
Classroom Project: seastart
Havergal College
Toronto, Ontario Canada

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The ToL really appreciates the efforts of these teachers and students. Havergal College has produced some of the first treehouses created by students and we think they did a terrific job. Special thanks to Seonaid Davis, the coordinator of this project at her school, for becoming one of the first teachers to use the ToL's treehouse publishing system, and for inviting other teachers at her school to do so also. Nice work!

Lisa Schwartz
University of Arizona

Havergal College

Sarah Ianni
Havergal College

Kate Rowlandson
Havergal College

Correspondence regarding this page should be directed to Lisa Schwartz at , Seonaid Davis at , Sarah Ianni at , and Kate Rowlandson at

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