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The Seal Garden
Photographs by: Ian McAllister By (author): Nicholas Read

Photographs by :

Ian McAllister , Nicholas Read


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Paperback , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
Apr 12, 2022
Print Run: 5000
$14.95 CAD


8.75in x 10.75 x 0.13 in | 180 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


30 Halftones, color , 1 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Marine Life
Children’s / Teenage general interest: Freshwater and marine mammals|Interest age: from c 6 years|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Wildlife and habitats: Oceans and seas|Children’s / Teenage social topics: Environment, sustainability and green issues
British Columbia
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2018, Commended OLA Top Ten Best Bets 2018, Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year 2018, Commended Animal Behavior Society Children's Book Award 2019, Short-listed
  • Short Description
This nonfiction picture book is illustrated with stunning wildlife photographs of marine mammals seeking refuge in a seal garden in the Great Bear Sea.
Where do harbor seals hide from storms and hungry orcas?

When storms roar and orcas are on the prowl, it's the seal gardens of the Great Bear Sea that provide safety and shelter.

Ian McAllister's glorious photographs reveal the beauty and mystery of this rarely seen place of refuge for sea lions, otters, a variety of seals and other sea mammals. This is the third title in the My Great Bear Rainforest series.

Ian McAllister is an award-winning photographer and author of numerous books. Ian directed the 2019 IMAX film Great Bear Rainforest and co-wrote the film's tie-in book, Great Bear Rainforest: A Giant Screen Adventure in the Land of the Spirit Bear. A recipient of the North American Nature Photography Association's Vision Award and the Rainforest Action Network's Rainforest Hero Award, he and his wife, Karen, were named by Time magazine "Leaders of the 21st Century" for their efforts to protect British Columbia's endangered rainforest. The co-founder of Pacific Wild, a Canadian nonprofit wildlife-conservation group, Ian lives with his family in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Contributor Website

Nicholas Read is a retired journalist and journalism instructor who has written 12 books for children including two series about the Great Bear Rainforest with Ian McAllister. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

"Striking images, both above and under the water, show wide-eyed seals and the larger sea lions…An attractive addition to settings where Wolf Island and A Bear's Life have been popular." - Kirkus Reviews

The expert photography in these books is the perfect medium to tell the stories of survival in this unique wild place…The books in the 'My Great Bear Rainforest' series can effectively be shared with younger listeners who will find the photos captivating and whose curiosity will be aroused by the infrequently seen settings. Highly Recommended. - CM Magazine

"The concept of a seal garden will be new to most viewers, and the illustrations will intrigue children and adults alike. McAllister's handsome photos, particularly those taken underwater, offer some unusual and almost otherworldly effects of light and color. An intriguing addition to the My Great Bear Rainforest series, which includes Wolf Island and A Bear's Life." - Booklist

"This third title in the My Great Bear Rainforest series features striking underwater photographs of seals, sea lions, and otters…McAllister's photos of seals peering above the waterline and sea lions lounging on rocks are equally compelling. Read builds a sense of the lurking dangers awaiting seals outside the garden and concludes by evoking a sense of the broader ecosystem that the series explores." - Publishers Weekly

"Playful images of seals abound. Even the coral, kelp, and stones are shot with care…McAllister and Read's love for the wildlife of the Great Bear Rainforest is evident in their respect for their subjects. Recommended for nature lovers and those that need encouragement to dip their toes into nonfiction." - School Library Journal

"The photographs of marine animals such as harbor seals, elephant seals, sea lions, otters, and fish are exquisite. Recommended." - School Library Connection

"As with Wolf Island and A Bear's Life the bold layout of beautiful wildlife photography combined with adroit text gives the reader a glimpse into a magical world that inspires a sense of wonder. The writing skillfully incorporates facts with a story that promotes understanding of nature. This book is highly recommended for school and public libraries. It would be an appropriate gift for any child. Children are curious about nature and love a good story. The Seal Garden provides for both." - Resource Links

"This book has really great pictures and will be interesting for readers to learn about a different part of the world, especially one under water…A worthwhile read for younger children." - Kiss the Book blog

"The stunning photography makes one feel as if they are there with the animals under and above the sea…This is an excellent choice for grades 2-4 doing projects on sea mammals. The photography is enough to interest any curious child in the story." - Youth Services Book Review

"This information book reads like a story for young readers while also teaching about this beautiful environment. It will make a great addition to your nonfiction collection for early to middle graders." - Sal's Fiction Addiction blog

“Striking photographs…Dazzling.” - The Horn Book Online

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