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Leopard & Silkie

Leopard & Silkie

One Boy's Quest to Save the Seal Pups

My Readers

Brenda Peterson; photographs by Robin Lindsey

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


In the Pacific Northwest, concerned volunteers become seal sitters, keeping vigil over the vulnerable baby seals that are left on the shore while their mothers hunt for food. Surviving in the animal kingdom is never easy and this informative picture book gives a first-hand look at what baby seals are up against. With its emphasis on human compassion, this true account teaches children to appreciate the natural world by helping in any way they can. The star of the book is six year old Miles, who organizes his own rescue mission to help the seals survive.

Oregon Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Master List, NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade , National Science Teacher's Association-CBC, Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children

Praise for Leopard & Silkie

“Use this book to show a program in which children are actively involved and to encourage volunteerism.” —School Library Journal

“Lindsey's excellent photographs show why humans can't stay away: Leopard's large, dark eyes and expressive mug seem to be smiling right at the viewer, and his furry, floppy body just calls out for a hug.” —Horn Book Magazine

“Although photos of the adorable seal pups steal this nicely designed picture book, kids will likely find Miles--someone who is much like them--to be inspiring, and his efforts may spark an interest in animal rights.” —Booklist

“Bittersweet and utterly beguiling.” —Publishers Weekly on Duck and Cover

“A hauntingly funny writer . . . the balance she strikes is almost hypnotic.” —Los Angeles Times on Duck and Cover

“A highly original work by an intriguing author.” —Kirkus Reviews on Duck and Cover


Reviews from Goodreads

Brenda Peterson; photographs by Robin Lindsey

Brenda Peterson is the author of over sixteen books, including the National Geographic book Sightings: The Gray Whale's Mysterious Journey and Duck and Cover, a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year." Her memoir I Want To Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth was chosen as an Indie Next "Best Top Read" and named among the "Top Ten Best Non-Fiction Books of 2010" by The Christian Science Monitor.

Peterson lives on the Salish Sea in Seattle, Washington, and is a co-founder of Seal Sitters. Leopard & Silkie is her first children's book.

Robin Lindsey is a professional photographer living in Seattle, Washington. After a profound encounter with a harbor seal pup, she became the lead investigator and co-founder of Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Since that day, she has dedicated herself to documenting the beauty and mystery of wildlife. Her images and videos have been featured in books, magazines, news broadcast and web media.

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