Saturday, February 12, 2011

What My Child Is Reading (and Give Away!)

Astro: The Steller Sea Lion



This give away is now closed.  The winner (LitLass) has been notified by email.



Astro: The Steller Sea Lion by Jeanne Walker Harvey chronicles the early life story of Astro, a Steller sea lion (an endangered species) rescued off the coast of California by the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California.  The staff of the Marine Mammal Center tried many times to release Astro back into the ocean, but because he was rescued when he was so young, he didn't know how to live in his natural environment, and kept trying to return to land.  He was eventually sent to live at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut. 

I grew up in New England, and our family had a membership to the Mystic Aquarium.  The sea lion show is a wonderful childhood memory of mine, and I was able to bring the Bibliophile there last year on vacation.  So, we were thrilled to read this book, and both enjoyed it very much.  The Bibliophile is 3, and probably a bit on the young side for it, but he sat through the whole book and said he liked it.  I thought that the author did a nice job conveying a story that could have come across as a bit sad in a gentle, even amusing, way.  Like all texts from Sylvan Dell publishing, the book contains additional educational facts and activities in the back.  The illustrations by Shennen Bersani are beautiful - very realistic and vibrant.

Win Your Own Copy

Thanks to the generosity of the author, you can win your own copy of Astro the Steller Sea Lion.  To enter:
1) Leave a comment here.
2) Follow or subscribe in some way to Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile and leave a comment letting me know.
3) Tweet, facebook, or blog about this give away and leave a comment letting me know.

That's three possible entries per person. The deadline is February 20, midnight EST.  Prizes ship to U.S. addresses only. Please remember to leave your email address in your comment if it is not accessible from your profile.

Other books we have been reading this week:
There's No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)The Best Book of Spaceships

And a few of the baby girl's favorites this week...
Baby Baby Baby!The Going-To-Bed BookPeek-A Who?




I am linking this post up with What My Child is Reading.


Disclosure: We were sent a copy of Astro the Steller Sea Lion at no cost by its author in order to write this review.  If you click on any of the links in this post and purchase anything, we may earn a small commission through our affiliate relationship with Amazon.com.

25 comments:

LifeLongLearner said...

Astro would be a great addition to our elementary school library collection.

mjantzi@rockingham.k12.va.us

LitLass said...

Looks interesting! I grew up in Connecticut and loved going to Mystic.

Joyful Learner said...

We just saw elephant seals at Half Moon Bay and K would love to sea lions too as she loves all animals. Astro would be a great addition! I've also been to Mystic, Connecticut and had Mystic pizza but have to visit the aquarium next time!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Joyful Learner said...

You're on my Blogroll. Does that count?

Domestic Diva said...

Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

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Domestic Diva said...

I follow on gfc

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Raising a Happy Child said...

Considering that action happens in our own backyard, so to speak, we would love to win the book. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

Raising a Happy Child said...

I follow you.

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Thanks for the wonderful review! I love reading about everyone's connections to the Mystic Aquarium and interest in sea lions. Since the Bibliophile visited last year, I'm sure he saw Astro! I'm excited about the giveaway -- I'm happy to sign and inscribe the book for the winner, if desired. If anyone is interested in seeing videos of Astro, including a spot on THE TODAY SHOW, they are on my website: www.jeannewalkerharvey.com

mverno said...

reminds me o andrea the seal in rockport maine where i live mverno@roadrunner.com

Shelley said...

This book looks interesting- we're always looking for a good non-fiction and books about the natural world :)

Shelley said...

I subscribe to your blog through Google Reader :)

Christy said...

WE love Mystic! This sounds like a good book.

vmkids said...

This would be a great addon to my library

Desmond said...

Count me in!

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Tina said...

would lOve to win the book. Thanks for the opportunity

crystletellerday said...

i live in connecticut and love mystic aquarium and think it would be cool to learn more about a animal that lives there crystletellerday@yahoo.com

Jenna Z said...

That books sounds wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jenna Z said...

I follow you via GFC.

mail4rosey said...

What child doesn't love reading and Sea Lions...so this is a great prize to offer!

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Denise S. said...

This looks like a really cute book, thanks.
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AEKZ2 said...

My children would love to read this book.

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Diane52 said...

It looks like a fun read for kids
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Pamela S said...

We're a family of animal lovers and this sounds like a great book for us. How nice for you to find a book set in your own local aquarium! Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

Pamela S said...

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