Mary Vigliante Szydlowski

Kids at Sullivan Elementary School in Holyoke, MA showing the manatee projects they made after reading KIA'S MANATEE in class.



1 pizza dough

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 10 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach cooked according to package directions and drained

1/​​4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. olive oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Use oil to coat a 10" x 14" cookie sheet

Use your hands to flatten out and stretch dough until it is almost the same size as the cookie sheet

Spread spinach over dough

Sprinkle with Parmesan

Top with mozzarella cheese

Starting on one side roll the dough into a large loaf. Pinch the ends to seal them

Bake for 25 minutes until crust is golden brown

Slice and serve!

Kia's Manatee

Published by Operation Outreach-USA July 2007 Illustrated by Lori Kiplinger Pandy

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Kia likes to visit a little bay near her house. No one takes care of it. The bay is dirty and filled with trash. One day Kia discovers an injured manatee in the water. She worries that the animal won't survive unless someone cleans the bay and gets rid of the garbage. It's a big job, but Kia is determined. With the help of friends and family, she manages to rescue the manatee and save the day.