Leopard & Silkie: One Boy's Quest to Save the Seal Pups

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In the Pacific Northwest, concerned volunteers become seal sitters, keeping vigil over the vulnerable baby seals that are left on the shore while their mothers hunt for food. Surviving in the animal kingdom is never easy and this informative picture book gives a first-hand look at what baby seals are up against. With its emphasis on human compassion, this true account teaches children to appreciate the natural world by helping in any way they can.  The star of the book is six year old Miles, who organizes ...

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In the Pacific Northwest, concerned volunteers become seal sitters, keeping vigil over the vulnerable baby seals that are left on the shore while their mothers hunt for food. Surviving in the animal kingdom is never easy and this informative picture book gives a first-hand look at what baby seals are up against. With its emphasis on human compassion, this true account teaches children to appreciate the natural world by helping in any way they can.  The star of the book is six year old Miles, who organizes his own rescue mission to help the seals survive.

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Editorial Reviews

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 “Use this book to show a program in which children are actively involved and to encourage volunteerism.”--School Library Journal

"Lindsey’s excellent photographs show why humans can’t stay away: Leopard’s large, dark eyes and expressive mug seem to be smiling right at the viewer, and his furry, floppy body just calls out for a hug.”--Horn Book Magazine

"Although photos of the adorable seal pups steal this nicely designed picture book, kids will likely find Miles—someone who is much like them—to be inspiring, and his efforts may spark an interest in animal rights."--Booklist
Praise for Duck and Cover:
 
A New York Times Notable Book
 
“Bittersweet and utterly beguiling.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“A hauntingly funny writer . . . the balance she strikes is almost hypnotic.” —Los Angeles Times
 
“A highly original work by an intriguing author.” —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Children who are concerned about the way humans can negatively impact what happens to earth's natural resources and creatures are likely to be drawn to this informational picture book. Excellent photos recount the first days of a spotted seal pup called Leopard. But when Leopard's mother leaves him sleeping near a public beach, an environmentalist group lead by a little boy named Miles steps in to protect the pup and keep him isolated from the humans and dogs so that he can grow up according to his natural instincts. The work done by Miles and other members of a group of children and adults known as Seal Sitters is described in simple readable language. By the end of the story, the humans keep their hands-off policy but are relieved to see that after weaning, Leopard gets coaching in how to fish and survive for himself from a slightly older pup named Silkie. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Leopard, a golden, spotted seal pup, was born in the Salish Sea in the Pacific Northwest. Here trained volunteers, including young Miles, a volunteer for Seal Sitters, patrol the area and educate beachcombers about how to enjoy their outing without endangering the wildlife. With sharp, clear full-color photos on every page and a simple text, Lindsey and Peterson explain the dangers to the seal pup that people and their dogs present, the most serious of which is the likelihood that a mother will not attempt to return to her baby if people linger close by, thus dooming her young. They also show the effect baby seals have on one another. Silkie, an older pup, comes on the scene when Leopard is being weaned. An author's note offers more information about the reasons for supporting Seal Sitting and a bibliography of a few titles of interest to slightly older children. Use this book to show a program in which children are actively involved and to encourage volunteerism.—Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805091670
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 643,759
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Peterson

Brenda Peterson is the author of over sixteen books, including the National Geographic book Sightings: The Gray Whale’s Mysterious Journey and Duck and Cover, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year.” Her memoir I Want To Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth was chosen as an Indie Next “Best Top Read” and named among the “Top Ten Best Non-Fiction Books of 2010” by The Christian Science Monitor.

Peterson lives on the Salish Sea in Seattle, Washington, and is a co-founder of Seal Sitters. This is her first children’s book. For more: literati.net/Peterson

Robin Lindsey is a professional photographer living in Seattle, Washington. After a profound encounter with a harbor seal pup, she became the lead investigator and co-founder of Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Since that day, she has dedicated herself to documenting the beauty and mystery of wildlife. Her images and videos have been featured in books, magazines, news broadcast and web media. Visit Robin's website at www.robinlindseyphotography.com

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