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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: SylvanDellPublishing (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607180871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607180876
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,287,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 3-4–Harvey tells a gentle tale of an orphaned Steller sea lion pup whose early imprinting on his human nurturers at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA, leaves him determinedly reluctant to live in the wild on any terms. Bersani's nearly photographic illustrations keep perfect time with the simple text, showing the pup returning to the center each time he is released. Adults will cheer at the "For Creative Minds" section, replete with activities, maps, further data, and advice on linking with a website for more curriculum-oriented exploration.Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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From Booklist

While only a few days old, an orphaned Steller sea lion pup is rescued by California’s Marine Mammal Center staff, who name him Astro. After much nurturing and care, Astro is healthy enough to return to the ocean, but because of his bonding with humans, he persistently returns to land, preferring people and populated settings to sea life. Ultimately, Astro finds a permanent and happy residence at Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium. Harvey’s debut picture book is a fictionalized account of the real-life Astro’s experiences, and the lively text, printed in a large, easy-to-read type, is filled with intriguing specifics: baby Astro is fed a whipped-cream-and-herring smoothie, for example. The photorealistic, mixed-media illustrations have a flat feel, but the characters’ expressive faces bring some emotional depth. The extensive back matter includes Steller Sea Lion facts; a map-related activity; an anagram to remember events in a sea lion’s life cycle; and the similarities and differences between sea lions and seals. A touching, informative introduction to the species. Grades 1-3. --Shelle Rosenfeld --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

It's a dream come true to be a children's book author! I love telling true tales, especially biographies, ... with a cherry on top!

I became fascinated with Romare Bearden's amazing collages when I was a docent at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art where I gave tours to school groups. I loosely based the text of 'My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey' on the concept of blues music because Bearden's art and life were inspired by blues and jazz music during the Harlem Renaissance.

My other picture book, based on a fascinating true story, is 'Astro the Steller Sea Lion." Rescued by Sausalito based Marine Mammal Center, Astro attached to people, including joining a school walk-a-thon! Quite the adventure! He now lives at the wonderful Mystic Aquarium. I've visited him, of course, and showed him the book. He seemed quite pleased!

I studied English literature and psychology at Stanford University. I've had lots of jobs, ranging from a roller coaster ride operator to a high-tech attorney to, most recently, a Language Arts and writing workshop teacher at a public middle school.

I'm thrilled to be the recipient of the 2012 International Reading Association Children's and Young Adults Book Award-Primary Non-Fiction for 'My Hands Sing the Blues'. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have two terrific grown sons and a sweet black Labrador who sits at my feet when I write.

Visit me at www.jeanneharvey.com. I also feature other authors' picture book biographies on my blog, TRUE TALES & A CHERRY ON TOP, at http://jeannewalkerharvey.blogspot.com

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This is a very real story about a sea lion rescue that has been beautifully illustrated and adapted into a picture book.
www.firrkids.com
A colorful appendix gives kids information about the life cycle of the Steller sea lion and shows how to tell the difference between a sea lion and a seal.
Beverly Beckham
I couldn't resist listening to Sausalito Summernight as I read about this little guy, a cutie you are definitely going to fall in love with!
D. Fowler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
A young sea lion cautiously peered through the grate of a pink dog crate secured into the back of a pickup. Pacific waves gently lapped the rocky shores of the California coast. Gulls flew overhead as a pelican closely watched as the truck began its journey to The Marine Mammal Center. Astro, an orphaned Steller sea lion who weighed a mere 39 pounds, would soon find himself nestled into a new volunteer human family. Droplets of his "special smoothie made from ground herring, salmon oil, and whipping cream," from the nipple of a baby bottle dribbled from his mouth. His friends nurtured Astro until it was time to head back into the wild with other Steller sea lions in the ocean seas.

A crew from the Center gathered at the shore to release him, but before he left his crate "a satellite tag was attached to Astro's back so The Marine Mammal Center would be able to track his travels in the ocean." Back on the very beach he was found the waves embraced his body, but frightened of the unknown he soon discovered that ocean waves were not to his liking. Not one iota. Astro made friends with some elephant seals, but would not venture back into the sea. Back to the center he went. They tried releasing him with eight seal pals from the Center, but no go. He hung on for dear life until gravity drew him into the sea. Ten days later guess what Astro did? He showed up on a beach near The Marine Mammal Center. How could they ever get him to go back to the sea where he belonged? Was he going to keep coming back to the Center? How could they break his attachment to people?

This is an amazing story of a young Stellar sea lion, Astro, who much preferred his summer nights in Sausalito instead of surfing the ocean waves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By amy k. klaffka on December 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I first must confess that I'm a HUGE fan of Astro. I volunteered at TMMC when Astro was there. As is protocol, we are not to talk amongst ourselves (other volunteers) when we tend to the animals. Usually they run from us (which is what we wanted), EXCEPT ASTRO. Soon after he became healthy enough to be aware of what was going on...sort of, he became VERY interested in what we were doing. Usually the animals have a fear of people, not Asrto. (We think he actually had "favorites!!") We had to pay EXTRA care not to be joking around, nor entertaining AT ALL while in his pen. Clean his pen, try to feed him and leave. Eventually, he gained enough weight and WAS eating fish on his own. The release team attempted to do the BIG JOB, release him... and the rest is history.

My entire family, on the East Coast, followed my stories of him and they are getting THIS book (with a picture of me feeding him) for Christmas!

This is a spectacular TRUE story of people LOVING animals and doing everything possible to make a good life for them. Thank you Marine Mammal Center for giving me the opportunity to work with these animals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on September 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Steller Sea Lions are a threatened species that live in the northern Pacific. Stellar means outstanding, immense or a star performer. Astro fits both of these definitions, so he's actually a stellar Steller sea lion! This is a very real story about a sea lion rescue that has been beautifully illustrated and adapted into a picture book.

A scientist found young Astro, separated from his mother, on an island off the coast of California. He was much too young (he still had part of his umbilical cord attached) to survive alone, so he became a pampered guest at The Marine Mammal Center. There he was nursed back to health, literally, fed from a baby bottle filled with a herring/salmon oil/whipped cream smoothie. I know, blech, but not for a sea lion.

When Astro reached ten months of age, he was returned to the ocean. Unfortunately, nobody asked Astro's thoughts about this plan. After each release, of which there were several, he doggedly managed to find his way back to the Center. His friends there were terribly sad when they realized he had been rescued too young and had grown attached to humans. Because Astro would be unable to adapt to the wild, a permanent home was found for him at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.

The illustrations in this book are so very realistic that I had to study them quite closely before I was sure they really were drawings and not photographs. I know that seems dim-witted, but they really are that good. This is a wonderful story of how humans go the distance to help animals and ensure they are (or in this case, are not) able to survive on their own after human intervention. The last four pages of the book comprise an educational section with great technical information on Steller Sea Lions, including maps and a life cycle. I like that this an interesting story that is wrapped up with some useful methods of teaching children more about this species - very useful!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sally Knorp on December 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful book with beautiful pictures that is filled with interesting facts as well as an enchanting story. Fun for children and adults. My six year old granddaughters love the story of Astro's adventures and ask a lot of questions about his present life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Beckham on September 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
So right up front I have to say that the reason I even picked up Astro: The Steller Sea Lion (Steller is a kind of sea lion) is because I am in love with Shennen Bersani's art. She has illustrated many children's books and I confess, I seek out her work because it is bright and engaging and real.

That being said, I also love the story that Bersani's true-to-life drawings capture. Astro is a few days old when he is found hungry and alone on a California island. He's taken to The Marine Mammal Center, where he is loved and cared for. When he is big and well enough his caretakers attempt to return him to the ocean.

But Astro wants to stay with them. They try again and again but Astro is determined.

The best part of this story? It's all true. Astro, the real stellar sea lion lives at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.

This is an ideal book for young children not only because it shows in pictures and words the power of research and medical intervention but also the power of love.

A colorful appendix gives kids information about the life cycle of the Steller sea lion and shows how to tell the difference between a sea lion and a seal.

An excellent book all around!!
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