Lone Seal Pup Author:Arthur Catherall At winter's end, when the sun and spring gales begin to break up the Arctic ice, the seal pups are born. Ah-Leek's first few weeks of life were spent in the protective care of his mother, and he was safe from crashing ice-floes, hungry polar bears, and Eskimo hunters. Soon, in the natural way of seals, his mother deserted him... more ». Frightened, bewildered, and separated from the other deserted pups of the herd, Ah-Leek was left to fend for himself.
One harrowing experience followed another. Ah-Leek was trapped in a cave of ice, confronted by a maddened bull walrus, pursued by killer whales. And always he was pursued by the Eskimo hunters who finally captured him. But because they were grateful to him for the part he played in saving the life of the youngest among them, ten-year-old Andrew, the hunters spared the seal pup and set him free. As ah-Leek slid into the sea again, he was no longer frightened. Instinctively, he swam swiftly and surely westward to join the seal pup herd.
Master story-teller Arthur Catherall recounts the adventures of the lone seal pup with verve and drama, and both author and artist sensitively portray real animals in their natural setting.« less