The Orphan Seal: A True Story

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Based on the actual rescue and rehabilitation of a seal named Howler and accompanied with vivid illustrations, the story of this endearing young seal will find a place in every reader's heart.

Recounts the story of Howler, an abandoned harbor seal pup, from his rescue and recovery in early spring at the New England Aquarium until he is released in the fall.

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Overview

Based on the actual rescue and rehabilitation of a seal named Howler and accompanied with vivid illustrations, the story of this endearing young seal will find a place in every reader's heart.

Recounts the story of Howler, an abandoned harbor seal pup, from his rescue and recovery in early spring at the New England Aquarium until he is released in the fall.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
The work of the New England Aquarium in Boston is related through a true story of a harbor seal that is separated from his mother. He is spotted in Maine by a man and a young boy. When the mother doesn't return, the New England Aquarium in Boston is alerted. Throughout the story, you witness his rescue in the spring and his recovery at the aquarium with his eventual release in the fall. All aspects of his recovery are shared, his first physical examination, the various levels of his feeding, how he got his name Howler, and his socialization with other pup seals. Once he has mastered the survival arts, swimming and hunting, he is returned to the ocean. A well-told story which relates the dedication and need for protection and care of our animals. 2000, Down East Books, Ages 5 to 8, $9.95. Reviewer: Leila Toledo
From The Critics
Based on a the true story of a mammal rescue, The Orphan Seal sheds light on the events brought about by a springtime storm on the coast of Maine. This nonfiction book is an in-depth look into those events.

Howler, a harbor seal pup so named for the sound of his voice, is separated from his mother in a violent storm. His journey leaves him stranded on a New England coast. With the help of the Seal Rescue Program at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts, veterinarians and technicians nurse Howler back to health and teach him the life skills necessary for survival in the ocean.

Hodgkins writes in an engaging style that brings these factual events to life for the reader. She explores every step of this fascinating process and introduces the reader to terms and concepts that may be unfamiliar. Her detailed portrayal of this historical account is guaranteed to hold the interest of her intended audience. Not only is The Orphan Seal an excellent read-aloud choice for young readers, but it also stands as a strong candidate for supplemental reading in any older reader's educational curriculum. Parents and teachers are sure to appreciate the terminology glossary included at the end of the book.

The illustrator, Dawn Peterson, works in translucent watercolors, featured on the right side of each page spread. This intentional design gives the reader an overview of the story elements without creating a distraction from the text. To her credit, Peterson creates a tranquil backdrop for reader discovery with her choice of light and clear tones. Other illustrated works include Mabel Takes The Ferry, Mabel Takes A Sail, Baxter Bear And Moses Moose, L.L. Bear's Island Adventure, and Ellis Bear And The Fly-Away Fly. Her home is in Falmouth, Maine.

Fran Hodgkins's The Orphan Seal will not disappoint. Other books in her collection include Animals Among Us: Living With Suburban Wildlife, Dental Hygienists (Community Helpers), and Pilots (Community Helpers). Her articles have appeared in several magazines, one of which won her the EdPress Award in 1999. She lives in Lynn, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892724710
  • Publisher: Down East Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 11.05 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Fran Hodgkins

Fran Hodgkins is the author of The Orphan Seal, winner of the Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, presented by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This is Fran Hodgkins's first Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book. She lives in Maryland.

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