James Otis Thach The Seal Pup

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The Seal Pup

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Below the frozen Arctic rim, upon the Bering Sea, An island rises from the waves, as barren as can be.... So begins this epic story of a seal pup. Separated from his herd, he must find his way through worlds of peril and spectacular beauty, to a place he has never seen. Told in chapters of lyric verse, the story unfolds over 128 pages of breathtaking illustrations by world-renowned naturalist artist Warren Cutler. it is a tale of friendship, courage, and the wonders of home. It is based on a true story.

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James Otis Thach grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. His mother was a teacher and storyteller; his father a scientist and outdoorsman. James began his career in the entertainment industry, before turning his attention to education and children's books. He has a master's degree in educational therapy, and runs a tutoring company (with his twin) in Los Angeles. James' first two books are A Child's Guide to Common Household Monsters and The Tickle Monster is Coming.

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Based on a true story, Thach's extended narrative poem, composed entirely of rhymed couplets, has a pleasant lilt and an unfaltering rhythm. Thach's text is superimposed on Cutler's sprawling paintings...The author adds dashes of humor to the verse [which] is likely to be tackled over multiple readings. Ages 6-12. --Publisher's Weekly Select

This is a sweet story about the perils of life in the ocean when you're a little seal pup. Told in verse, the story tracks the pup's adventures when he is separated from his mother during a shark attack, then swims southward in search of other seals. Along the way, he gets advice from a wise old walrus and learns to avoid the dangers which threaten his life, including a massive oil spill. The story runs more than 100 pages and is a little long for the smallest readers (under 5) but is gripping and well-told and will enthrall those in kindergarten and the early primary school years. It's a large-sized (11-1/4 by 10-1/4 inches), hardbound book. Cutler's pastels are of very high quality and help tell the story. --Greg Langley, The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

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