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Seal Surfer [Hardcover]

Michael Foreman
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16 May 1996
A boy watches as a baby seal is born on the rocks near his home and from that moment a special friendship is created between them. Despite his disability, the boy is a keen surfer and he enjoys many afternoons surfing with the seals. One day in some very rough seas, the young seal saves his life.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd; 2nd edition (16 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862646855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862646851
  • Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 24.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michael Foreman's numerous books for children have earned him widespread recognition as one of the world's most celebrated illustrators. He has worked on a vast range of children's books, and has collaborated with many great authors including Michael Morpurgo and Terry Jones. He also writes and illustrates his own books, including 'War Boy' and 'War Game' - winners of the Kate Greenaway Award and Smarties Book Prize respectively - and 'After the War was Over'. Michael has also illustrated many classic children's books including 'Treasure Island', 'Peter Pan and Wendy', 'The Wind in the Willows' and 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.

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This tale of a very special friendship between a young boy and a seal is accompanied by Michael Foreman's atmospheric and evocative illustrations. The young boy is present when the young seal pup is born and as the seasons pass he watches it grow. When summer comes around and the boy goes surfing, he is delighted when his seal friend joins in. When the seal saves his life, their bond becomes unbreakable and as the two grow older, their friendship is maintained. This is a touching and timeless story in which the power of the sea and the power of friendship are portrayed strongly in both the text and the illustrations. Seal Surfer was highly commended for the NASEN Children's Book Award for 1996. --Philippa Reece --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"An exceptional picture book ... Michael Foreman is in brilliant form." (T. E. S.)

"A moving and valuable book." (Telegraph)

"Captures the special bond that overcomes generational differences." (Yorkshire Post) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Foreman books - significant author KS2 12 Sep 2009
This is a good book to share as part of a study of significant authors. The main character is disabled so prompts discussion on disability.
Beautifully illustrated and text to explore. Setting - seaside links with Michael Foreman.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great story 24 Sep 2013
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Lovely book, condition not as good as I'd have liked. Think the cover might fall off soon and pages a bit grubby.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 12 May 2013
By sue
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No problems. Prompt arrival of purchase helped. Book exactly as described have no hesitaton in suggesting others use them. Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for animal and ocean lovers, beautiful colors, story. 17 Feb 1999
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Seal surfer is a story of a young boy and his friend, a seal. It contains themes of birth, life and death, and the enjoyment of time spent in nature and with animals. The artwork is gorgeous, especially the color and water views. The language is very descriptive and very sensitive. My four year old boy loved it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surfing and fishing, what fun! 9 April 2004
By Tracy Beck - Published on Amazon.com
A boy and a seal pup strike up an extraordinary friendship that spans decades and sees them both through various stages and relationships in their lives. Fun activities like surfing and fishing are explored and present an active an independent depiction of a boy with a physical disability. My five year old nephew loved it and so did I!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 15 Sep 2013
By Nikki Renner - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great deal. This is a book I'm using in my K-2 vocabulary class. The students love it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! 28 April 2013
By Ruth Ramsey - Published on Amazon.com
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It has been such a long time since I ordered this book but I still want to send a review. My granddaughter heard about it at school and was delighted when I got it for her. Perfect condition and fast delivery. Thanks a bunch!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of life, disabilities, aging & success 30 Jun 2008
By 2boys0girls - Published on Amazon.com
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Great story of a boy with a disability, his love for his Grandfather, his love for the ocean and a special seal that he bonds with.
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