Endangered Species Day May 20th
Astro The Steller Sea Lion Written by Jeanne Walker Harvey and Illustrated by Shennen Bersani
About the Book: Astro is a stellar Steller sea lion! Only a few days old when found orphaned, he is cared for and raised at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. When big enough to be released to the wild where he needs to be, he has other plans! Just like a lost dog finding his way home, Astro keeps swimming back towards the Center, crossing miles of open ocean water to do so. After several attempts, people realize that Astro is too accustomed to humans and will just keep coming back. Based on real events, readers follow Astro through some of his travels that have now taken him across the U.S. to his current home at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=Astro
My Review: Steller Sea Lions are a threatened species that live in the northern Pacific. And this story is based on real events about a sea lion named Astro that became so accustomed to humans that he was so afraid to return back to the sea. He has not seen the ocean since he was a few days old. And the volunteers from the Marine Mammal Center were getting worried that he was going to starve. Every time the volunteers take Astro out to sea he kept finding his way back toSan Francisco.
The Marine Mammal Center knew Astro wouldn’t be able to adapt to the wildlife so a permanent home was found for him at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. This is a heartwarming and educational story that will captivate children of all ages.
The last few pages of the book includes a section called “For Creative Minds” which has all sort of information about the steller sea lions, why there are threatened and endangered. Where in the world? A map activity! Steller sea lion life cycle and the different between a sea lion and a seal.
This is a great book for children to learn about the steller sea lion’s habitats.
Where Should Turtle Be? Written by Susan Ring and Illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein
Little turtle was lost! Free from his egg, he climbed out into a big, beautiful new world. Lost and alone, he wondered-where did he really belong? The bear told him to live in the woods; the frog said, “The swamp!” But turtle just didn’t feel at home. He needed help, but where could he turn? Author Susan Ring helps turtle in this whimsical story of self-exploration and nature, Where Should Turtle Be? Detailed illustrations by Laurie Allen Klein give these friendly animals personality, and in the end, an unexpected tickle and tumble help turtle find his place in his new world. http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=Where
My Review: After cracking and popping out of his egg, the turtle slowly walked away from its nest on the beach and headed for the bay trying to find its way to his new home. He followed the lights but the lights weren’t stars they were houses and cars. So the turtle moved on looking for his new home. He takes a wrong turn and ends up in the woods, the salty marsh and the pond where the bear, the frog, and a beetle told him where he could be. The turtle felt uncomfortable in those areas and kept on walking looking for his home until a crab heard the turtle’s plea and pointed and said, “Out there – that’s where you ought to be”. What a happy ending for the turtle. For not all turtle live on land.
The last few pages of the book includes a section called “For Creative Minds” which gives educational information about the turtle fun facts, match the turtle adaptations and also exercises in matching the turtle to its habitat.
This is a great way for children to learn about the different habitats by these animals. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.
Ages: 4 and up
Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the Sylvan Dell Publishing in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
To celebrate Endangered Species Day Sylvan Dell Publishing will give one lucky winner a copy of Astro The Steller Sea Lion
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