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See What a Seal Can Do

See What a Seal Can Do

by Chris Butterworth, Kate Nelms
     
 

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Follow a gray seal on a journey from sand to sea in an engaging, richly illustrated story with surefire kid appeal.

On the shore, a seal looks like a slow, dozy creature that spends its time lazing around or flumping along the sand. But underwater, it’s a different story. Splash! Seal dives deep, with a body just the right shape to shoot through the

Overview

Follow a gray seal on a journey from sand to sea in an engaging, richly illustrated story with surefire kid appeal.

On the shore, a seal looks like a slow, dozy creature that spends its time lazing around or flumping along the sand. But underwater, it’s a different story. Splash! Seal dives deep, with a body just the right shape to shoot through the water and power down with his back flippers. He slips through a seaweed forest, and — sensing a predator nearby — dives even deeper to stay safe. Finally it’s time to make a sudden twist and turn to catch his fishy dinner. Merging a lyrical narrative sprinkled with fascinating facts and aww-inspiring illustrations, here is one nature adventure that’s hard to resist.
Back matter includes an index.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith
Nelms's pictures, in soft but naturalistic colors, give a sense of how gracefully and playfully the seal moves in his underwater environment…See What a Seal Can Do is almost as good as swimming alongside a friendly seal, and you won't have to put on a wet suit.
Publishers Weekly
08/12/2013
Seals might look as though they just laze about on the beach, but underwater, it’s another story entirely, explains Butterworth in this intimate study of a gray seal as it moves from the shore to the sea depths: “Seal slips through the seaweed forest—big eyes searching the gloom. His sharp ears hear dolphins whistle and a ferryboat’s engine chugging.” Several small captions appear on most pages, offering incisive descriptions of seal characteristics and behavior. Debut illustrator Nelms’s naturalistic mixed-media spreads feature a light-infused garden of sea grasses and coral; readers should find the seal, with his marbled gray skin and soulful, puppylike expression to be irresistible. Ages 5–9. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
'See What a Seal Can Do' is almost as good as swimming alongside a friendly seal, and you won’t have to put on a wet suit.
—The New York Times Online

The beautifully colored, full-spread illustrations portray the seal’s transformation from awkward land dweller to sinuous and powerful denizen of the deep. The below-water scenes masterfully evoke the murky ocean habitat and the singular seal’s steep descent to the bottom. From the irresistible cover to the closing "super-swimming underwater wonder," the book will encourage readers to dive right in and see what a seal can do.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Children's Literature - Natalie Gurr
When visiting the beach, vacationers might be lucky enough to spot a sunbathing seal flumping along the sand. While the dozing seals may appear lazy, underwater it is a different story. A seal’s body is the perfect shape for darting through the water, searching for food and avoiding predators. His back flippers help power him through the water in seconds. Sharp ears keep him safe from approaching boats and killer whales. The seal grabs some eels and straggling fish. When he opens his mouth, his throat closes to keep water from getting in. Colorful illustrations and story-like text keep the reader’s interest. Side facts provide interesting information but often distract from the overall flow. Beginning readers will have a hard time following the main narrative while trying to read the extra facts. Though the text may sometimes be confusing, children will still enjoy the beautiful pictures of the charming gray seal. Reviewer: Natalie Gurr AGERANGE: Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal
★ 09/01/2013
K-Gr 2—A curious gray seal peers out from the cover, seeming to invite readers into its underwater world. Once inside, the book begins and ends with seals napping on the rocks. This sedentary behavior, the only one visible to earth-bound humans, gives these sea mammals a "lazy" reputation. In fact, as the illustrations go on to show, the seal is anything but. Once below the ocean's surface, the creature's streamlined body and adaptive features (which are described and explained) make it a master predator. The poetic text is full of alliteration, onomatopoeia, and vocabulary that will delight readers. ("A flump is a flop and a jump both together.") Sentences in smaller type act as captions and add further detail, as do the illustrations on the endpapers and the information on the verso of the title page. The beautifully colored, full-spread illustrations portray the seal's transformation from awkward land dweller to sinuous and powerful denizen of the deep. The below-water scenes masterfully evoke the murky ocean habitat and the singular seal's steep descent to the bottom. From the irresistible cover to the closing "super-swimming underwater wonder," the book will encourage readers to dive right in and see what a seal can do.—Carol S. Surges, formerly at Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763665746
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
311,364
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Chris Butterworth is the author of more than seventy nonfiction books for children, including Sea Horse: The Shyest Fish in the Sea and How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? The Story of Food. She lives in England.

Kate Nelms graduated from the University of the West of England with a BA in illustration. See What a Seal Can Do is her first book. She lives in England.

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