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I dedicate this book to my whole family.

The deep greenish-blue sea is calm in the morning in the Arctic. But when it gets windy and the wind grows stronger, it gets colder and the waves are swishing all over the place. Mother Harp Seal is hunting squid for her baby, who waits on the ice for her to return. Baby Seal wants her mom to come back, because she senses danger coming.

Baby Harp Seal lies on the ice and is too busy eating seaweed to see the polar bear creeping out from behind an iceberg. It is late afternoon and the sky is dark orange and polar bear is hungry.

The sky is darkening with stormy clouds. Baby Seal suddenly hears a deep growl coming closer and her mom is not there. She is scared. The growling noise is a polar bear! The polar bear comes up behind Baby Harp Seal!

Baby Harp Seal blends into the snow to hide from the polar bear. She stays so quiet and still. The polar bear is trying to find her. He looks everywhere but he cannot see her. Finally, he gives up and walks away. Baby Harp Seal hears her mom coming home and she feels so happy because she is scared the polar will come back.

About the Author

Shelby Pirozzi is a hard-working girl. She loves to play with her sister, Cassidy. Shelby loves to sing and dance. She liked making this book, because it was really fun to work with friends.

This is one of the many books that came to life while students in Mrs. Mattson’s 3rd grade class explored the rich relationship between visual imagery and the written word. This book was created as a part of ImageMaking Within the Writing Process, a dynamic art-and-literature-based approach to writing developed by Beth Olshansky at the University of New Hampshire. Image-Making uses hand-painted textured papers as the raw materials for creating collage stories and poetry. Unlike a more traditional writing process, within Image-Making the pictures always come first. This offers students with diverse learning styles essential visual and kinesthetic tools for rehearsing, drafting, and revising their ideas long before setting pencil to paper. Image-Making was validated by the US Department of Education as an “innovative and effective literacy program� in 1993. Today children around the world use this process to create books in many languages.

Spring, 2010