A mermaid has a message for the earth about our seas and oceans, and she requires your help. Find out what is happening with our oceans and what we can do to save them. What’s the Commotion in the Ocean? It is a rhyming children’s book reflecting on the current happenings in the ocean and what we can do to help. Being a humanitarian is at the core of my being, and I am to live by the quote, “The true meaning of life is planting trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” I wrote this book to address our impact as humans on the ocean and inspire change.A mermaid tells the story, and she is African American. It is inspired by my love of mermaids and fantasy lore. I have always wanted to be a mermaid, but it is hard to have or live out those dreams if you never see illustrations, images, or media that reflect it. The ability to see yourself in a book is a beautiful experience, one that I want for all children. It is currently privilege, one readily available to some, but not all.I want every reader to experience the feeling of being understood on a deeper level through engaging in a book.