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Leopard & Silkie: One Boy's Quest to Save the Seal Pups

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
In the Pacific Northwest, concerned volunteers become seal sitters, keeping vigil over the vulnerable baby seals that are left on the shore while their mothers hunt for food. Surviving in the animal kingdom is never easy and this informative picture book gives a first-hand look at what baby seals are up against. With its emphasis on human compassion, this true account teac ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Courtney Perry
Sep 11, 2012 Courtney Perry rated it it was amazing
A nonfiction book complete with beautiful pictures of seals and a truly great story, what more could you ask for? This book is captivating for both children and adults. It encourages both to get involved in conservation and wildlife protection. This should be in every classroom!
Karen Arendt
Oct 07, 2012 Karen Arendt rated it it was amazing
The photographs alone make this book worth looking at, but add to it the story of how a boy and the organization Seal Sitters protects harbor seals in Puget Sound in Washington state and the book becomes the perfect tool for a nonfiction lesson about seals, animal protection and respecting other species. I plan to use this book for a nonfiction lesson with first grade!
Lynda Shoup
I'm noticing a number of books that encourage people to volunteer to protect/document wildlife. Many of the books are written for children and encourage them to get involved. This book is a solid title to add to such a collection. The photographs, especially those that showed what a young boy had to contribute, were excellent for grabbing a young reader's attention.
Sunday Cummins
Sep 19, 2012 Sunday Cummins rated it really liked it
This would make a great read aloud for k-2 students. The author introduces readers/listeners to the plight of seals on the northwest coast with fewer and fewer quiet, secluded beaches left for seals and their pups to rest. She describes the Seal Sitters volunteers (a group she started) - including several children who are featured in the book. The Sitters actively keep watch on particular beaches and warn beach goers (especially those with dogs) to stay away from the seal pups who may have been ...more
Jan 14, 2017 Julia rated it really liked it
With this particular book I came to it without truly knowing what it would be about. Cute adorable seals definitely were an eye-catcher but what could be the evil horror that they needed rescue from? Especially one that would allow a boy to become a hero?

The book gives children and other readers a chance to see what it takes for a northwestern seal to raise her young and also the challenges that the youngster must face in a world that is growingly more crowded than what it used to be. At the s
Oct 11, 2013 Bethe rated it really liked it
Who can resist seal pups? This book is filled with photos of 2 seal pups in Puget Sound and the Seattle group who watches over them. The text closely matches the photo on each page and would be an engaging read aloud for elementary age students. The author's note provides more information on the Seal Sitters organization and their protection work.
Meg Allison
Feb 07, 2013 Meg Allison rated it really liked it
Need a text to illustrate features of a narrative, informational text? Grab this book about a baby seal pup in Washington and of the efforts of a young Seal Sitters to protect him and other young seals. Do your students think that non-fiction can't inspire? They'll all be hooked with Leopard & Silkie, leaving with more questions & curiosities.
The Styling Librarian
Leopard & Silkie – One Boy’s Quest to Save the Seal Pups by Brenda Peterson, photographs by Robin Lindsey – Really appreciated this story because of the action the children (and adults) take to rescue the seal pups and teach the public about why seal pups would be sitting on the beach by themselves. Beautiful accompanying photographs.
Kelley Beatty
This book was super cute. It talks all about the program where kids and adults volunteer to watch sea lions grow up and to protect them. This would be a great educational asset to an ece classroom.
Feb 23, 2013 Laela rated it it was amazing
Sooo cute. The pictures are great and the story is very toushing.
Jul 20, 2014 Kate rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 1st-3rd grade
Good photographs and information. I don't like the occasional anthropomorphism though (covering face to hide from all the bustle? how would the author and photographer know?).
In this book about a baby seal, Miles explains why it is important to keep our distance from seals napping on the beach. This is a great lesson to be learned by all people, not just children.
Aug 11, 2012 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
My son loves this book with the real pictures and it tells a good story that I also enjoy.
Edward Sullivan
Great photographs and a wonderful subject but the book suffers from a weak narrative.
Aug 29, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Nothing is cuter than a baby seal. Nothing.
Stephanie Lerner
Anchor Text: How we can help animals, taking care of things in our community/environment, heroes.

Mentor Text: sequence, describing words.
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