This book follows one harp seal through her first year of life. She is born on an ice floe in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in late winter. Her mother cares for her for two weeks and then leaves her forever to return to the other adult seals. All of the pups form a herd of their own and must learn to survive. The young seals learn to swim, dive and feed themselves. They shed their white fur for new rough gray hair. As spring approaches, the adult seals followed by the young seals migrate to the cooler waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. In the fall the seals travel south back to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This book includes some good basic facts about the life of a young seal pup. A short glossary and a summary about harp seals are located on the last page. Each illustration is colorful and fills the entire page. 2001, Soundprints/Trudy, $15.95 and $4.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Maureen Boyle AGES: 4 5 6 7 8
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-"An icy wind howls off the eastern coast of Canada. It races over dark, frigid water in the Gulf of St. Lawrence-." So begins this lovely, simple story about Seal Pup, a young harp seal born on an ice floe off the coast of Canada. By using straightforward text, author Kathleen M. Hollenbeck manages to impart a lot of information about the life of a harp seal. The simple, unsentimental text and the beautiful accompanying illustrations will help children empathize with the young seal who manages to successfully fend for herself after she is left on her own at the age of two weeks. Current curriculum guidelines have led to an increased need for information books for very young children. The accompanying read-along cassette includes the text of the story and sound effects which bring an added sense of realism to the story. A useful addition to school and public library collections.-Susan Price, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.