See What a Seal Can Do by Chris Butterworth

See What a Seal Can Do, Chris Butterworth, Candlewick Press, 2013

Format: Picture Book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Non-fiction picture book

What did you like about the book?   This picture book is able to convey a lot of information about seals in an engaging story line.  It begins, “If you’re down by the sea on day, you might spot a seal…” and goes on to describe a seal’s life.  The main text is supplemented by smaller italicized text that gives further scientific information about seals.  The front and back inside covers have lovely illustrations of the various types of seals and the verso of the title page has several factual paragraphs under the title “Wild Seals.”  The mixed media illustrations by Kate Nelms beautifully illustrated the seal’s land and undersea worlds.

What didn’t you like about the book?  Nothing.

To whom would you recommend this book?  (Read-alikes if you can think of them)  This would be a wonderful addition to story times about the ocean and sea creatures.  The factual information would be the right level for younger children looking for information on seals.

Who should buy this book? (Middle schools, high schools, small libraries, all libraries, etc.)  Lower elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it and why?  I would place this in picture books. Despite the fact that it has a lot of factual information, I feel it would meet the best audience among the picture book readers.

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes, if you are looking for an informative picture book about seals.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library

Date of review:  9/30/13

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