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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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Apr 24, 2015 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
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 09, 2014 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.
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Not my favorite of the Serendipty books. Trapper focuses on a group of singing seals that begin to disappear in ones and twos until only Trapper, the one Seal who can't stay in tune, is left. A creature called Muttsok is taking them because he wants all the beautiful things to himself. Trapper teaches him to appreciate beauty without hoarding it.
Mar 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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.
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Jul 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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This is one I remember reading many times as a child.
Sep 23, 2013 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.
Jan 08, 2011 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
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic. Loved it as a kid and my kids love it now.
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Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute little story.
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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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