Monday, December 15, 2014

Elizabeth, Queen of the Sea by Lynne Cox

Elizabeth is a elephant seal.  But unlike other elephant seals that live in the salt water oceans, Elizabeth has chosen to live in the shallow waters of the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.  One day Elizabeth came out of the water and ended up in the street.  Cars had to swerve to miss her.  A group decided to tow Elizabeth out to a seal colony out at sea to protect her, as well as the drivers, from a possible accident in the future.  Elizabeth had other plans.  Elizabeth headed "home" and was soon back on the warm streets near the Avon River.  Quickly Elizabeth was taken to another seal colony even farther away and again she returned home.  The next time she was towed hundreds of miles away.  The people of Christchurch felt certain they would never see her again.  They waited to see if she would show up again.  When she once again appeared in the city, it was time to take a new approach.  A fascinating true story about an amazing animal and her devotion to her home.

Text:  5 Buckeye leaves
Illustrations:  4 Buckeye leaves

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