In the Pacific Northwest, concerned volunteers become seal sitters, keeping vigil over the vulnerable baby seals that are left on the shore while their mothers hunt for food. Surviving in the animal kingdom is never easy and this informative picture book gives a first-hand look at what baby seals are up against. With its emphasis on human compassion, this true account teaches children to appreciate the natural world by helping in any way they can. The star of the book is six year old Miles, who organizes his own rescue mission to help the seals survive.
Watch an ABC News interview with the author on "Saving Young Seals"
NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (NSTA) NAMES LEOPARD AND SILKIE AN "OUTSTANDING SCIENCE BOOK" FOR STUDENTS K-12
Praise for Leopard and Silkie
"Vivid and compelling, Leopard and Silkie reads like poetry and will win lifelong friends for seals."
--Sy Montgomery, original author of the award-winning children's series, Scientists in the Field
"It's a delight of a book that also delivers plenty of information about the seals and their lives in the Salish Sea in a very readable, kid-friendly page turner."
--The Seattle Times
"Young animal lovers will return again and again to this picture book. . . [a] compassionate story. Young readers will find plenty to pore over in Robin Lindsey's close-up photographs of the shore life and plenty to think about how they could make a difference as a volunteer."
"Lindsey’s excellent photographs show why humans can’t stay away: Leopard’s large, dark eyes and expressive mug seem to be smiling right at the viewer, and his furry, floppy body just calls out for a hug."
--Horn Book Magazine
"Although photos of the adorable seal pups steal this nicely designed picture book, kids will likely find Miles—someone who is much like them—to be inspiring, and his efforts may spark an interest in animal rights."
"Sweet and simple version of an important story; relates being a citizen scientist to real ecological issues."
—NSTA (National Science Teachers Association chose this book as a winner of "Outstanding Science Book" of 2012