Cover image for The seal garden / Ian McAllister, Nicholas Read.
The seal garden / Ian McAllister, Nicholas Read.
Publication Information:
[Victoria, British Columbia] : Orca Book Publishers, [2018]

Physical Description:
1 volume(unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
"This nonfiction picture book is illustrated with stunning wildlife photographs of marine mammals seeking refuge in a seal garden in the Great Bear Sea."-- Provided by publisher
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599.5097111 MCA Book Junior Collection
599.5097111 MCA Book Junior Collection

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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 .

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This third title in the My Great Bear Rainforest series features striking underwater photographs of seals, sea lions, and otters. A powerful storm has come to the Great Bear Sea, and the marine animals have retreated to their underwater sanctuary, where rocks protect them from larger predators. Filled with pink, red, yellow, and green seaweed, the seal garden is aptly named, and 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-orcas "patrol the garden like police"-and concludes by evoking a sense of the broader ecosystem that the series explores: "It's the way of life in the Great Bear Sea, where every animal, no matter how big or small, has a place to live and a role to play." Ages 5-8. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Striking photographs of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia feature majestic landscapes and form a backdrop for Life's fact-based, year-in-the-life narrative following grizzly, black, and spirit bears. In Garden, equally dazzling up-close photographs under nearby Great Bear Sea accompany the pertinent text explaining why seals, otters, and sea lions take shelter in rocky seal gardens during storms. [Review covers these titles: A Bear's Life and The Seal Garden.] (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.