PRINCE WILLIAM by Gloria Rand

PRINCE WILLIAM

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Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 After a huge oil spill in Prince William Sound, Denny finds a slimed baby seal on the beach and takes him to a vet. The seal is cleaned, nursed back to health, and elaborately taught to fend for himself in the wild; meanwhile, Denny witnesses volunteers working to wash beaches, contain the oil slick, and rescue wildlife. This book is completely issue-driven; the writer makes no effort to enliven the bland plot with dramatic tension or details of character. Meanwhile, the big illustrations' yank at the heartstrings seems calculated--after weeks of rehabilitation, the once pathetic seal pup is seen sleeping happily on a pillow, a fuzzy toy seal under his flipper. In an afterword, the author describes children joining the rescue effort after the Alaskan oil spill of '89; those brief paragraphs are a better motivator than the rest of this heavy-handed effort. (Picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-8050-1841-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1992




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