André the Famous Harbor Seal
Ages 5 and up.
Sometimes, just sometimes, a human being and a wild animal make a special connection that changes both of their lives. So it was with Rockport, Maine’s Harry Goodridge and the harbor seal pup he named Andre.
The two became inseparable, though the seal was free to come and go as he pleased. (His floating enclosure in the harbor simply minimized his presence in skiffs owned by yachtsmen, who complained about his sunbathing in their dinghies.)
Andre proved as gregarious as Harry, learning tricks that delighted dozens of visitors each day. The harbor seal soon became a legend, migrating south to Massachusetts each winter (whether under his own power or, as he grew older, by truck) and returning to Rockport each spring (with his progress being reported by the national news media).
Here, with the help of the Goodridge family, award-winning author Fran Hodgkins and talented muralist/illustrator Yetti Frenkel retell the story of Harry and Andre for young children, who can still visit Rockport Harbor and run their hands over the polished granite of the life-size statue that will forever ensure this seal’s presence in Maine history.
"Frenkel’s light-filled, realistic color illustrations call to mind a more innocent time." -- School Library Journal
"This is more than just a children book about an animal. This is a story about connecting with nature. This is a story about a man and his seal." --North Shore Sunday
|Name||Andre the Famous Harbor Seal|
|Dimensions||8" x 10"|
|Page Count||32 pages|
|Number of Illustrations||color illustrations throughout|
|Number of Photos||No|
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FRAN HODGKINS is a full-time book editor and a freelance writer whose stories and articles have appeared in such magazines as Writer’s Digest, Highlights for Children, Cat Fancy, and Boy’s Life. Fran is the author of numerous nonfiction books for children, including the award-winning The Orphan Seal. Fran lives in Lynn, Massachusetts.
YETTI FRENKEL is a well-known artist whose work has appeared in galleries, schools, and public buildings throughout the Northeast. Specializing in educational murals, she has painted a wide range of subjects, including history, reading, women’s sports, and the four seasons. Yetti also writes children’s stories, one of which has been published in Cricket magazine. She lives in Peabody, Massachusetts.
“Harry’s little seal” soon became a familiar sight around the harbor. He would swim up to fishermen in their dinghies and let them rub his belly with an oar. He would nap whenever and wherever the mood struck him -- even in a moored dinghy, on a pile of ropes, or on top of a lobster trap. Most of the townspeople grew very fond of Andre.