Manatee Winter

written by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, illustrated by Steven James Petruccio

A mother manatee and her little calf travel from the Gulf of Mexico through dangerous water full of speeding boats.

A mother manatee and her calf head to warmer waters for the winter, encountering the dangerous propellers of fishing boats along the way. One specific encounter separates the two, scaring Little Calf into weeds which he can't escape on his own. Mother must help him and continue encouraging him so that they can reach safety among other manatees.

The illustrations are simple and as colorful as underwater vistas can be. The realistic depictions of these gentle creatures support the text well.