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Honey Girl:
The Hawaiian Monk Seal


Hawaiian locals and visitors always enjoy spotting endangered Hawaiian monk seals, but Honey Girl is an extra special case. She has raised seven pups, and scientists call her -Super Mom. After Honey Girl is injured by a fishhook, she gets very sick. Scientists and veterinarians work to save Honey Girl until she can be released back to her beach. This true story will have readers captivated to learn more about this endangered species.

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This work of narrative nonfiction includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 26-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Honey Girl is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension. Tap animals and other things that make noise to hear their sounds.

  • NSTA – CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book 2018

  • Animal Behavior Society Outstanding Children's Book Award


text copyright (c) 2017  Jeanne Walker Harvey

illustrations copyright (c) 2017  Shennen Bersani 

Honey Girl The Hawaiian Monk Seal

Honey Girl: The Hawaiian Monk Seal






Shennen Bersani

Arbordale Publishing


5–8 years



Honey Girl: The Hawaiian Monk Seal

“Honey Girl is well-known in her habitat off the waters of

northern Oahu . . . this very personal story should engage animal-loving readers”

— Kirkus Reviews

“It's the first time that my son learned about animal doctor, veterinarian. I'm happy that he gets to learn that there are scientists out there rescuing injured animals . . . This book deserves multiple readings and I highly recommend all parents to read for their kids!”

— How Useful It Is Blog

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“A wonderful true story of Honey Girl . . . There are plenty of pictures, and lots of information about sea mammals to interest any animal-loving child”

— Library Reads Reviews

“An important book to place in the hands of all future conservationists. Highly recommended.”

— School Library Journal

“Harvey's well-researched facts—verified by experts—are giftwrapped with skilled storytelling . . . Her writing will appeal to the science-minded as well as those interested in a simply fascinating story”

— The Children's Book Review

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For Creative Minds

Downloadable set of activities tied to Hawaiian monk sea lion life cycle, conservation, map activity, chronology puzzle, comparisons, and fun facts.  


Honey Girl - For Creative Minds (Spanish

For Creative Minds (in Spanish)

Downloadable set of activities tied to Hawaiian monk sea lion life cycle, conservation, map activity, chronology puzzle, comparisons, and fun facts.  

Honey Girl - Teaching and Activity Guide

Teaching Activity Guide

A 26 pages, downloadable teaching activity guide, including pre-reading questions, art scavenger hunt, vocabulary games, math compare and contrast.  


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