Review of Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas – Lynne Cox

Posted: December 11, 2014 in children, picture book, Review
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Based on the real-life story of Elizabeth, an elephant seal who made the Avon River in Christchurch her home. When she decided to stretch out in the middle of a busy road there was concern she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of locals tow her out to sea so she can find a new home. Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch though so the group tows her out again – and again – and again, each time towing her further and further out to sea. It doesn’t work and she finds her way back home each time.

Every time Elizabeth is towed out, a little boy called Michael misses his friend and the book focuses on their ongoing relationship. Eventually the locals admit defeat and put up a traffic sign to protect Elizabeth on her road. The final page has information   on elephant seals; their eating habits, life cycles, habitat, etc.

The illustrations are gorgeous! They are restfully coloured and are very cute, expressing the text perfectly. This is a lovely story and a must have for any child with a love of nature and people and animals co-existing.

Schwartz & Wade

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan


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