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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.

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.

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

Pages: 32

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



This Giveaway is Open to the US ONLY.

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Giveaway Ends June 8th.

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Winner #12 – Melissa B


May 19, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , ,


  1. my son just loves turtles he would really like to read this, heck i would too lol

    Comment by tami husak | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  2. I would like to add this to our animal study. I am getting school agenga and materials ready for next year.

    Comment by MarilynInfo StopShop | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  3. There is a new aquarium in our city, which features different turtles….I would love this book to be in our home library, to read about turtles and their habitats.

    Comment by pumpkinlady430 | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  4. My kids love animals, and I love that the Sea Lion story is based on true facts.

    Comment by minaob | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  5. I think my daughter would enjoy reading these books with m

    Comment by Keri Tahat | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  6. My little cousin’s favorite animal is the sea lion, they always look so cool. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom I love nonfiction kids’ books!

    Comment by krystallarson | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  7. Looks like a really cute book to help my daughter learn about animal homes

    Comment by Julia | May 19, 2012 | Reply

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    Comment by anne | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  9. My daughter would love this, she is a huge animal lover!
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    Comment by Jennifer Metz | May 19, 2012 | Reply

  10. That is indeed a great story about Astro. I bet lots of kids would find it fascinating and be able to relate him. Please enter my name for the chance to win this copy of his story.


    Comment by carlrscott | May 20, 2012 | Reply

  11. I love the illustrations for this book! They are so friendly and happy. The idea that the turtle is lost could be scary for llittle ones but the pictures help balance this out. Also, I like the idea that there are educational activities at the end of the book. It’s always important to follow a story wth games,etc. to extend the learning farther into the hom/classroom. Thanks!

    Comment by puttputt1198eve | May 20, 2012 | Reply

  12. My son loves anything animals. He has stated many times that he was to be a zoologist at work at the STL Zoo. Not bad for a 9 year old. I can alos use this in my special education classroom. I am always on the look out for newer books.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

    Comment by Melissa Bourn (@MelCamino5) | May 20, 2012 | Reply

  13. Stories about Sea Lions are always interesting. This story and the art work should combine into a successful book.

    Comment by Ron Marsh | May 20, 2012 | Reply

  14. We love books that teach about endangered wildlife. So important for our kids to learn about. Love the illustrations too!

    Comment by lisa | May 20, 2012 | Reply

  15. Books about animals are always a big hit around here. My little one loved seeing seals during a recent vacation — I’m sure he’d like learning about sea lions too.

    Comment by domestic diva | May 20, 2012 | Reply

  16. I think my boys would love this book!

    Comment by Shauna | May 20, 2012 | Reply

  17. My daughter loves animals and loves reading books about them.

    Comment by jerylt | May 20, 2012 | Reply

  18. My daughter loves animals and would be very interested in how animals love humans back. Sounds like a great read.

    katja9_10 at hotmail dot com

    Comment by Les Johnson | May 21, 2012 | Reply

  19. My grandson also loves animals and would enjoy this book very much. I do not know if he has ever seen a sea lion. I feel that it is important for the next generation to understand about the habits of animals.

    Comment by ossmcalc | May 22, 2012 | Reply

  20. My daughter will absolutely go crazy over this book. My daughter is so into animals that we plan a trip to the Zoo almost every week. This would be a great addition to her library. And I like that the book is based on real events.

    Comment by Kelly L | May 23, 2012 | Reply

  21. I love these educational books that show the kids all about the habitats of these animals. My 2 youngest grandsons would love these books.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by carol L | May 23, 2012 | Reply

  22. This looks like a very cute book. We are studying arctic and antarctic animals this summer, so this would be great to add to our library!

    Comment by Ani G W | May 24, 2012 | Reply

  23. My kids would love this book. The For Creative Minds section sounds like something my daughter would memorize! She love all things animals, and has been saying she wants to be a vet since she was three. She absorbs all animal facts and this book would give her new facts about animals to retain. =)

    ajdunville (at) yahoo (dot) com

    Comment by Amanda | May 24, 2012 | Reply

  24. Omg the covers are adorable!!! I think these are wonderful stories. Anything that can teach us about endangered animals. I love bears and sea lions too.

    Comment by Larissa brunken | May 24, 2012 | Reply

  25. We really want to read this to our daughters; we live in a green and liberal place, so they are all about that sorta thing.

    Comment by Jamie Martin | May 25, 2012 | Reply

  26. What a wonderful story about nature and Astro. We have even been to the Mystic Aquarium, Astros “home”, I am glad the book teaches children about the life of the stellar sea lion species.

    Comment by Maryann | May 25, 2012 | Reply

  27. Astro sounds like a plucky and adorable critter. I look forward to reading about his adventures.

    Comment by likwan | June 8, 2012 | Reply

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