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.