I am a Seal by Barbara Todd


I am a Seal by Barbara Todd

This third title in New Holland's 'I am a ...' series explores the seals, which are New Zealand's largest group of native land-breeding mammals. Noisy and boisterous, they are a major coastal tourist attraction, too! The basic aspects of habitat, hunting, social behaviour and breeding are covered at an easy-to-grasp level, and the simple rhyming text helps young readers absorb the facts. While the overall content is global, the species shown in the illustrations and photos are primarily those found around New Zealand and its Antarctic dependencies, making this a strong local title. This colourful series for the very young (4-6) is a first introduction to wildlife, presented in simple and catchy rhyming verses and illustrated both with cute cartoon characters and documentary photographs. The first two titles are I am a Penguin and I am a Dolphin.

About the Author

Barbara Todd has written 11 books on marine wildlife, covering topics from albatross and penguins to whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions. She lives in Nelson in the South Island, spending part of each year researching orca off the Pacific coast of North America. Helen Taylor has a flair for illustrating children's natural history books, with a long list of credits to her name. A Booming in the Night, co-authored with her writer husband Ben Brown, won the NZ Post New Zealand Best Picture Book Award in 2006.

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32 pages


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Publication date

4th June 2010



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