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Trapper (Serendipity)

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Trapper, a sweet-natured minstrel seal, helps a scary creature named Muttsok learn that it isn't right to take things just because they are beautiful. Through the power of music everyone learns that the loveliness of nature is there for everyone to share.

Illustrated by Robin James.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 27th 2003 by Price Stern Sloan (first published 1978)
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Sep 09, 2014 Dee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any child.
Every kid should read this and take it to heart. It's about not taking something just because it is beautiful...a lesson that extends into adulthood during dating (tell me I'm wrong here...but too many guys think they have a right to claim something they want just because it's "pretty"). It teaches kids not to have a sense of entitlement and greed. This also has implications environmentally, claiming forests or other beautiful lands and trying to claim ownership that we aren't entitled to.
Jun 23, 2015 Shayla rated it liked it
This book is about a seal named Trapper. He lives on the ice with his fellow seal friends who can sing beautifully, but he usually ruins their pretty music, because he is tone deaf. One day Trapper notices that his fellow seals are disappearing. And he finds out that this monster is stealing his friends because he likes pretty things. So Trapper teaches this monster a lesson, the monster releases Trapper’s friends. And they become best friends.
I like this book because there is text on one side
Julia Brumfield
Apr 23, 2015 Julia Brumfield rated it really liked it
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I vaguely remember this one from my childhood reads. It was so cute that he would try his hardest to sing but no one could actually stand to hear him (sounds me) and then start to disappear.

What throws it for a loop is that he seals don't seem to care that they are all disappearing but rather selfish enough to think that it is all the best for them. And then when Trapper is left alone he works to find the mystery while finding out that being alone isn't all fun and games.

Fortunately the way t
Jan 31, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic. Loved it as a kid and my kids love it now.
Alysha DeShaé
Jul 30, 2014 Alysha DeShaé rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute little story.
Mar 19, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it
I remember checking out these books at our elementary school library all the time. All the kindergartners and first graders were obsessed with them for some reason. I don't remember a lot about them really, other than the fact that my parents hated them.
Jan 22, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Check out my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing for my thoughts and memories of the Serendipity series!
Jan 08, 2011 Joel rated it it was amazing
read these books in the thrid grade i thought they were the funniest things, alos they halped me learn english while i was still young and did not speak the language
Sep 23, 2013 Karl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember these being so didactic when I read them as a kid, but TS seemed to enjoy this one. I need to dig up more of these Serendipity titles.
This is one I remember reading many times as a child.
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“If you see those pretty things
that nature likes to show
Remember all those seals that sing
And leave them there to grow.”
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