The Story of Matka - Animal Life Series Author:David Starr Jordan The author worked for the Joint High Commission to investigate the fur seal in its Bearing Sea home. While laid up with a sprained ankle, he wrote a story about the seals he came to know during the course of his work. Illustrated with photos and sketches, the story of a fur seal named Matka, her cubs, and her family, accurately portrays the li... more »fe of seals and also their worst predator - man. Originally written in 1896, an appendix at the back of the book tells of the progress made by the reprinting in 1927.« less
This short story reads somewhat like a National Geographic narration, accompanied by many photos and sketches rather than film. Even with these illustrations, this is not a children's picture book. While it is suitable for children, they probably won't understand the archaic language of 1896. An older child may enjoy it or use it for schoolwork reference, or an adult may simply enjoy the quick read.