Sunday, 6 July 2014

Picture Books


USA Writer  & Illustrator

Lynne Cox, illustrated by Brian Floca 
Elizabeth Queen of the Seas
Schwartz & Wade Books, New York    2014  $29.99hb  40pp

ISBN 978 0 3758 5888 8

Themes: Animal–human relationships/ Animals in the city/ Avon River Christchurch/ Elephant Seals  

Based on real events, this is the story of Elizabeth, a large and persistent elephant seal who, in spite of being towed out to sea several times for her own safety, preferred to live in the Avon River, Christchurch and to even venture onto the road where the warm bitumen was to her liking. Soft watercolour illustrations give a nostalgic memory of Christchurch as it once was. It is doubtful that the American writer and illustrator would recognise much of the place they portray so gently and which makes this an important book to share with children.

Year 1 up/ Age 5 up

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