Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

Super Seal Stories by Holly Webb & Helen Peters

We’re about to go on holiday to the Isle of Skye & the Outer Hebrides. While we’re there, we’re really hoping to do some seal spotting. These two books are just the thing to help us learn about these amazing animals and help to keep them safe.

Holly Webb is one of my daughter’s favourite authors – but not for the kitten and puppy stories she’s so well-known for – it’s these heart-felt wild animal stories that address important issues of growing up alongside strong environmental messages that she loves so much.

In A Dawn Seal, 9 year-old Lissa is looking forward to spending the summer with her Dad on his houseboat on the Thames. He’s promised lots of exciting adventures but his work gets in the way and she has no choice but to entertain herself. With her new friend, Alfie, she discovers she really enjoys paddle boarding – especially when a young seal climbs onto her board. They form an unlikely bond that takes Lissa’s summer in a whole new direction.

Lissa and Alfie must learn how to keep an eye on the seal without frightening or harming it. Readers learn how seals can end up so far from the sea and what people can do to help them.

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A Seal Pup Called Pearl tells the story of a newborn seal pup who is abandoned after some foolish kayakers get too close. Jasmine and Tom try to tell the people to leave the seal alone but they won’t listen. As a result, its mother doesn’t return.

Jasmine and Tom work with their parents to raise the seal on their farm until it’s old enough to go back to the wild and look after itself. With a clear message of animal protection, readers learn what needs to be done to care for this special seal: the type of cage it lives in, what it eats, how to keep it safe, how to teach it to swim and when it’s ready to go back to the sea.

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Gorgeously illustrated by David Dean (The Dawn Seal) and Ellie Snowdon (A Seal Pup Called Pearl), these books are perfect for young readers wanting a bit more of a challenge with a slightly longer chapter book. Children from Year 2 upwards will respond to the urgency and passion of the conservation issues while enjoying the lovely animal stories.

Thank you to Barrington Stoke & Nosy Crow for these super books!

Click on the covers below to find out more or purchase on-line from bookshop.org Amazon.

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