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Astro: The Steller Sea Lion

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  14 reviews
When Sophia dreams that howling winds whisk the fur and feathers right off her animal friends, she shares some of her clothes with them. But her clothing doesn't work well for the animals. Seeing their disappointment, she offers to sew each one the "right" coat. Animals line up to explain what they need and why. Polar Bear needs white fur to stay warm and hide in the snow. ...more
ebook, 32 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by Sylvan Dell Publishing (first published March 10th 2010)
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It's a simple story, perfect for the picture book format. The reader learns something about Steller sea lions (named after my man Georg Steller, a naturalist/explorer from the bad old days when a zoologist's field notes might include the description "tastes great!"), but the real stars of this book are Astro's caretakers and trainers. Many of them volunteers, they are shown capturing, feeding, training, and transporting Astro. They use simple equipment, they mind their fingers, their eyes are on ...more

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 to San Francisco.

The Marin
Jeanne Walker Harvey has written an amazing true story about a special sea lion that was stranded as a pup and later rehabilitated at the Marine Mammal Center. What's so incredible about the story line of the main character Astro, is that upon his release into the sea, he would keep coming back. Would Astro be able to return to the wild? Indeed, curious minds want to know.

Not only is this a great educational book but a fun one for home schools, animal lovers, and for all ages who care about enda
Julia Jasztal
Mommy's review from 11/7/11 -

I think I found this at a library sale awhile ago and we just finally got around to reading it two days ago.
This children's story is based on real events when a baby seal lion was found on an island off of California. Luckily it was a scientist who found Astro and knew what to do. At the same time, the story never states whether it was even proved that this baby seal had lost his mother. I can only hope this was looked into and that the sea lion was watched before b
Jul 11, 2011 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Age 8 & under, summer beach reading, road trips, family book clubs
Astro’s story is heartwarming and the illustrations are fabulous. The story helps us to understand why his life events turned out as it did, and yet it is neither boring nor drawn out. Books like Astro the Steller Sea Lion are important to a child’s moral formation. The people in the story deal with difficult issues of how to best help Astro. As the entire book is focused on providing loving care as best possible to God’s creation, it shows children how they can do the same and helps them develo ...more

This is a great book for children of all ages. It can be used to teach about marine mammals and the care that is provided when they are unable to return to their natural environment. Along with the engaging story of Astro, the illustrations are amazing and incredibly realistic. Author Jeanne Walker Harvey lives in Marin County and has written several articles about marine animals. Illustrator Shennen Bersani is from the Boston, Massachusetts area and most often uses colored pencils, crayons, and
Mary Ann
Only a few days old when found orphaned, a young Stellar sea lion pup is rescued and brought to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, where he is named Astro. The staff carefully bring him back to health, but Astro finds it difficult to return to the wild because of his early imprinting by human caretakers. This moving story is an excellent introduction to the work of this important Bay Area organization. While the flat illustrations create a bit of disconnect with the story, it is ...more
Megan MacDonald
Astro the sea lion is so cute!! This story is an inspiring story about sea lions and could be related to other animals and saving them. I would also recommend this book for children or people that want to be vets or work with animals when they grow up. Astro is helped back to safety and taken care of after some workers from an Animal Hospital find him. After he has trouble surviving in the ocean, Astro is moved to an aquatic center where he is used for sea lion resarch. The pictures are engaging ...more
Amy Gibson
Both my kids and I loved this book. A sea lion that joins a school walk-a-thon? What's not to love? It's well-researched, engaging non-fiction, rich in educational resources in the back matter – an excellent title for marine mammal reports.
Sunnyvale Librarian
Featuring realistic illustrations, a gentle, storytelling tone, and four pages of information on sea lion biology and conservation, the true story of Astro, the Steller Sea Lion, touches hearts while teaching young readers about wildlife conservation.
Kim Heimbuch
My daughter and I read this book as a recordable book for my husband who deploys several times per year. It was a well written story about a steller seal lion who was hand raised but refused to return to the wild when old enough.
Great true story. Loved all the extras in this book: difference between steller sea lion and stellar adj., physical differences between sea lions and seals, maps in the back. Plus the illustrations are wonderful.
Great book! I loved the illustrations a lot. It was nice to see Astro's story so beautifully portrayed. Also glad to see the Marine Mammal Center and Long Marine Lab. Absolutely awesome.
Franki Sibberson
A good one to add to nonfiction collection. Kids will enjoy reading the story of Astro.
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Jeanne loves finding a true story that is inspiring and fascinating, and then using her creativity to tell the story. She hopes children will have a love of words and understand the power and beauty of words.

Ever since she was a child, Jeanne dreamed of being a childrens book author. Along the way she has had many jobs, ranging from being a roller coaster ride operator to an attorney for high-tech
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