Title: Honey Girl
Author: Jeanne Walker Harvey
Illustrator: Shennen Bersani
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
“Hopefully, in the years to come, many more Hawaiian monk seals will be spotted off the islands of Hawai’i,” Jeanne Walker Harvey writes toward the end of her children’s book, Honey Girl: The Hawaiian Monk Seal.
~ What ~
This thirty-two unnumbered page paperback with a thick folding jacket cover targets children ages five to eight years old who enjoy educational information about seals. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud by adults to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.
In this short book, Honey Girl is a favorite Hawaiian monk seal that is injured by a fishing hook and line. Scientists and veterinarians take her to an aquarium where they remove the hook and nurse her back to health. However, when they release her back into the ocean, they are concerned about her weight. Over time, she gains weight and becomes pregnant. Volunteers keep her and her pup safe on the sand until the mammals return to the sea. Later, Honey Girl has another pup and also becomes a grandmother.
The last four pages have more educational tools of learning activities for creative minds that involve information about the monk seal’s life cycle, fun facts about seals and mammals with maps, a discussion on conservation, and a word scrambler game about rescuing and rehabilitating Honey Girl.
~ Why ~
What makes this book fun is not only the charming story about an injured seal that is taken care of by people, but it also explains the characteristics of a monk seal. I enjoyed the information on their weight, length, and fur while also describing what it eats and where it lives. The illustrations are descriptive and engaging to hold the attention of the age group.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like seals may steer away from this educational book, but they may learn a thing or two of interest. Young ones may have trouble understanding the words and ideas, but it is a good teaching tool for those interested in seals and protecting them.
~ Who ~
The author of several award-winning books, Harvey has been a language arts teacher who currently gives school tours at a museum. She lives in Northern California with her cat and visits sea lions often in the bay. An award-winning children’s book illustrator, author Bersani loves nature and life lessons for children of all ages. Having illustrated many books with her detailed, realistic designs, the artist lives in Massachusettes.
~ Wish ~
I wish more books like this were available that had a story yet provided knowledge and information that a young child could learn in a fun, entertaining way.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about monk seals for elementary aged children, this will delight those that like stories and teach those wanting to learn.
Thanks to Arbordale Publishing for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.
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