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category: Children's Nonfiction
published: March 2018
ISBN:9781459812673
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

The Seal Garden

photographs by Ian McAllister, by Nicholas Read

tagged: marine life, baby animals
Description

When storms roar and orcas are on the prowl, it's the seal gardens of the Great Bear Sea that provide safety and shelter to sea lions, otters, a variety of seals and other sea mammals. Ian McAllister's glorious photographs reveal the beauty and mystery of this rarely seen place of refuge. This is the third title in the My Great Bear Rainforest series, following Wolf Island and A Bear's Life.

About the Authors

Ian McAllister is a co-founder of the wildlife conservation organization Pacific Wild. (pacificwild.org) He is the author of five previous books, including The Great Bear Rainforest and The Last Wild Wolves. He has been honored by the Globe and Mail as one of 133 highly accomplished Canadians, and he and his wife, Karen McAllister, were named by Time magazine as “Leaders of the 21st Century” for their efforts to protect British Columbia’s endangered rainforest. A member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, he has won the North American Nature Photography Association’s Vision Award and the Rainforest Action Network’s Rainforest Hero Award. He lives with his family on an island in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.


Nicholas Read is a journalism instructor at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He collaborated with Ian McAllister on Wolf Island, A Bear's Life and The Seal Garden, in the My Great Bear Rainforest series, and wrote City Critters, about urban wildlife. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
1 to 3
Reading age:
6 to 8
Editorial Reviews

&quotThe stunning photography makes one feel as if they are there with the animals under and above the sea…This is an excellent choice for grades 2-4 doing projects on sea mammals. The photography is enough to interest any curious child in the story.&quot

— Youth Services Book Review

&quotAs with Wolf Island and A Bear's Life the bold layout of beautiful wildlife photography combined with adroit text gives the reader a glimpse into a magical world that inspires a sense of wonder. The writing skillfully incorporates facts with a story that promotes understanding of nature. This book is highly recommended for school and public libraries. It would be an appropriate gift for any child. Children are curious about nature and love a good story. The Seal Garden provides for both.&quot

— Resource Links

"The concept of a seal garden will be new to most viewers, and the illustrations will intrigue children and adults alike. McAllister's handsome photos, particularly those taken underwater, offer some unusual and almost otherworldly effects of light and color. An intriguing addition to the My Great Bear Rainforest series, which includes Wolf Island and A Bear's Life."

— Booklist

"Playful images of seals abound. Even the coral, kelp, and stones are shot with care…McAllister and Read's love for the wildlife of the Great Bear Rainforest is evident in their respect for their subjects. Recommended for nature lovers and those that need encouragement to dip their toes into nonfiction."

— School Library Journal

"This third title in the My Great Bear Rainforest series features striking underwater photographs of seals, sea lions, and otters…McAllister's photos of seals peering above the waterline and sea lions lounging on rocks are equally compelling. Read builds a sense of the lurking dangers awaiting seals outside the garden and concludes by evoking a sense of the broader ecosystem that the series explores."

— Publishers Weekly

The expert photography in these books is the perfect medium to tell the stories of survival in this unique wild place…The books in the 'My Great Bear Rainforest' series can effectively be shared with younger listeners who will find the photos captivating and whose curiosity will be aroused by the infrequently seen settings. Highly Recommended.

— CM Magazine

"This book has really great pictures and will be interesting for readers to learn about a different part of the world, especially one under water…A worthwhile read for younger children."

— Kiss the Book blog

"Striking images, both above and under the water, show wide-eyed seals and the larger sea lions…An attractive addition to settings where Wolf Island and A Bear's Life have been popular."

— Kirkus Reviews

"The photographs of marine animals such as harbor seals, elephant seals, sea lions, otters, and fish are exquisite. Recommended."

— School Library Connection
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