Title: Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas Author: Lynne Cox Illustrator: Brian Floca Published: May 13th 2014 by Schwartz & Wade Format: Hardcover; Pgs 48 Genre: Children's Ages: Age Level: 4 - 8 | Grade Level: P - 3
Based on a true story, this sweet tale tells of Elizabeth an elephant seal nicknamed Elizabeth Queen of the Seas for her adventure in returning to the Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Most elephant seals travel in pods and prefer the deep ocean waters, but that is not Elizabeth. Her home is in a little river alongside a city where she could be seen every day. When she was tired, she would pull herself out of the water and lounge in the sun and mud. Venturing too far one day, she parks herself in the middle of the road causing much consternation amongst the community.
Believing that they are doing what is best for Elizabeth, volunteers haul her out to sea to be with other elephant seals and this is where Elizabeth’s legacy begins.
An endearing story with beautiful illustration will for sure have your young ones asking for this story over and over.