A Book review by Olivia Lauren and Melissa-Sue John
Title: Spot: A Sea Pup’s Survival Guide
Author: Laura Knight
Publisher: Self-Published, 2016
Pages: 32 pages
Genre: Children’s picture book
Olivia: I like the book, Spot, a sea pup’s survival guide, because it teaches children to pick up their trash so they do not hurt sea animals. It is a story but at the same time it teaches kids facts about sea life. I like this book because it is kid friendly. It is easy to read and rhymes.
Melissa: Spot, a sea pup’s survival guide is a children’s picture book about a baby sea lion. The book is appropriately dedicated to children to learn about the environment and protect our oceans. The book has two parts. One part of the book has graphic illustrations juxtaposed with the well written and engaging story with fun rhymes. The other part of the book has pictures of the marine world with some “fun facts”. One of the facts was actually really sad but necessary to learn. I would have called it “Marine Facts” instead. The reader goes on a journey with Spot with his animal friends. Spot eventually makes human friends due to an unfortunate but very likely event. The story teaches three value lessons. First, we should take care of our earth because all life is important. Second, our actions have consequences for ourselves and others. Third, we all need help sometimes and help sometimes comes from those we least expect. The story ends with ways to make the world a better place, namely: Don’t litter, Be brave, and Educate others. The book also includes “Making connections” and “Discussion questions.” Making connections provides fun activities and ways to apply lessons learned in the text. Discussion questions allow the readers to test their reading comprehension and reflect on the text and internalize the lesson. I recommend this book for children 4 to 8 and recommend that schools add this book to their libraries.