ONE SEAL by John Stadler


Age Range: 4 - 7
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PLB 0-531-33195-4 Chasing after his kite, which has been liberated by the wind, a small boy spies a solitary seal, the first in an extraordinary assortment of animals. Across the continents and in from the sea, the menagerie of beasts are widely diverse, ranging from the tiniest snail to the largest whale, with a dinosaur and a peacock among them. These animals then begin a series of awe-inspiring balancing acts, building a towering, living pyramid as they strive to reach the boy’s kite. Through several wordless pages, onlookers can explore the fanciful world of Stadler’s imagination as he arranges the creatures in a capricious combination of poses. A surprising last twist reveals the lone boy once again scurrying after his fleeing kite and leaves ample room for speculation as to what glorious event will occur next. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-531-30195-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1999