Ben, a young disabled boy, loves the ocean. One afternoon, when he witnesses the birth of a seal, the boy’s bond with the sea grows even deeper. Season after season, Ben watches the young pup do many of the same things he loves to do: swim, fish, bask in the sun--and surf! Ben and the seal glide with the swells, watching for good waves together. But danger looms, and soon Ben will have to rely on his ocean friend not only for companionship but for his very survival.
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MICHAEL FOREMAN is one of the world's leading illustrators of children's books and the winner of several major awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal. His work ranges from picture books to fairy tales and original children's fiction. He is the illustrator of many Harcourt books, including Michael Foreman's Mother Goose, Joan of Arc, and Arthur, High King of Britain. He divides his time between London and St. Ives, England, his childhood home.From Booklist:
Ages 5^-9. Ben and his grandfather form a bond with a seal pup and its mother after they witness the birth of the pup. They watch the animals through the seasons, worrying about them in the winter storms and eventually, Ben and the pup learn to play together in the surf. The story's interest lies almost entirely in the pictures, which are large, dramatic, and intensely colored in the greens and blues of the sea. Although Ben's disability is never mentioned in the text, the illustrations show Ben with crutches, a wheelchair, or a special surfboard that ties to his waist. A farfetched rescue by the seal and a disconcerting shift of viewpoint from human to seal weaken the book, but the animal-child friendship, along with a sensitive portrayal of a disabled boy, tips the balance in favor of purchase. Susan Dove Lempke
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Descripción Harcourt Children's Books, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110152013997
Descripción Harcourt Children's Books. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0152013997 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.0967331