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Author: Nan Lincoln

Illustrator: Sam White

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Publisher: Bunker Hill Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Cecily is a baby harbor seal that was stranded on Mount Desert Island, on the coast of Maine. One morning in January, Nan Lincoln’s husband, Bob, asked her to bring the kids and come down to his boat shop for a surprise. Nan could not imagine what the surprise might be. When they got there, Bob pointed out a newborn harbor seal stranded on the rocks. Nan and the family decide to adopt “Cecily” and, for the next five months, prepare Cecily for her return to the sea. This novel describes the adventures of a Harbor Seal pup orphaned but then rescued by a family.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 13

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Reading Level: 4.4

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a wonderful, funny, and memorable story. It educates the reader. The characters and story are authentic.

Pros: The Summer Of Cecily is a heart-warming story. From cover to cover, it is a genuine, delightful, and fun read.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This book is an excellent addition to a child’s library. It is a wonderful story that readers from ten to a hundred and ten will enjoy.


Educational Themes: The book is informative, interesting, humorous, and uplifting. The story provides many opportunities to discuss environmental issues, protection of species, and impact of change on habitat.

Notes: The publisher donated this book to the Reading Tub; we did not request it.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animals, realistic fiction, biography

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2009

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