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Summary: Cecily, a seal pup, is separated from her mother when a boat goes roaring through the harbor. She asked the gulls and the porpoises, but they could not help. Finally, exhausted, she fell asleep on a rock. A woman and her dog found Cecily. The woman's family nursed her to full health, and after six weeks, Cecily returned to the sea. This is a picture book based on a true story. It is narrated from Cecily's point of view.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: Read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 7 to 9
Age of Child: Read with a 9-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter liked the pictures but got very impatient with all of the details. "There are too many words." She laughed at some of Cecily's brain bubbles.
Adult Reader Reaction: Knowing that this is based on a true story is what kept us reading. There were lots of questions I would love to have asked the author. It is well written, but is better suited for middle grade students given the level of detail and the amount of text.
Pros: Animal lovers - especially those who love rescue stories - will fall in love with Cecily.
Cons: Don't mistake this picture book as one young children will sit through.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a well written, wonderfully illustrated book. It would be especially nice to share before a summer trip to Maine.
Educational Themes: Head to the back of the book first to get some details about Cecily's true story. There is information there about working with the local wildlife authorities.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.