Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 8
- Grade: p to 3
Seal went for a stroll...
The icy puddles were too small for swimming
The rocks were too tall for climbing.
Seal saw bright lights. They sparkled.
Seal liked the snow.
One snowy night in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, a strange figure peeks out from behind a parked car. A woman screams! So begins a lost harbour seal's adventure through the steep streets of the sleepy winter city. Soon, Constable and Officer are on the case, and if they work together, they just might be able to help the harbour seal find his way back home.
Celebrated children's author and illustrator Doretta Groenendyk brings the true story of Halifax's famous winter 2015 flipslippery visitor to life with colourful paintings and simple text. A Harbour Seal in Halifax is destined to become a local family favourite.
About the author
Doretta Groenendyk, a painter, writer, and teacher, lives with her husband and three children on a small spot of land in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. Doretta is the author and illustrator of several children’s books by both The Acorn Press and Nimbus Publishing. Snow for Christmas, Thank You for My Bed, and I’m Drawing a Picture, have been shortlisted for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration. She also cowrote Spin to Sea with her daughter Izra Fitch.
The comic book style frames in this picture book support the text beautifully and make for a great read aloud and read along book about a seal on the streets of Halifax at night ... The story uses simple words and clear descriptors of the seal, the night, people and Halifax, making it an easy to read book. The detailed images and comic book style layout will catch the attention of older readers as well.
Canadian Teacher Magazine (Vancouver, BC)