Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas Review

World-renowned swimmer and bestselling author Lynne Cox and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Floca team up to bring us this inspiring story of an elephant seal who knew exactly where she belonged.

Here is the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of volunteers tows her out to sea. But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch. The volunteers catch her again and again—each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away—but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home.

Includes back matter with information about elephant seals.


From the Hardcover edition.

Title:Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Mischenko

    Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox is the beautiful, true story of Elizabeth, the elephant seal from New Zealand. She decided she wanted to live in the city and nothing was going to stop her. R...

  • Kathryn

    I enjoyed Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas, though perhaps not quite as much as I hoped I would. I couldn't help feeling worried about Elizabeth and whether she would be safe in the city--yet then I felt ...

  • Karen Witzler

    Elizabeth is an elephant seal living in the Avon River in New Zealand. This is a true story of how she became a fixture and then a hazard in Christchurch - she would leave the river to bask on asphalt...

  • Relyn

    If ever a book can convince you not to entirely trust the cover, this one is it. I was just sure I wouldn't like this book. Based on the watercolors and cursive, I thought it would be wimpy. Nope. Thi...

  • Dolly

    This is a touching tale about an elephant seal who preferred to live in the warm waters of the Avon River near Christchurch, New Zealand, than the rocky beaches with her kin. The narrative is entertai...

  • Lisa

    Great book! I read this with my 9-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son and we all loved it. I thought it might be too long for Nate but he was completely engrossed the entire time. Maria and I were eq...

  • Kristine Hansen

    I find myself wondering as I read this book, how much is truth and how much is author's imagination. I wish the notes at the end gave a little more about the story of Elizabeth instead of focusing so ...

  • Stacy Fetters

    A coworker ordered this book and as soon as I seen the cover... I was in love. The true story of Elizabeth, Queen of the seas will take your heart and swim away with it. Shes strong, stubborn and rega...

  • Grapeseed22

    I like it๐Ÿ‘...

  • Samantha

    This charming true story of the beloved sunbathing elephant seal from Christchurch, New Zealand is a must read.Elizabeth makes her home in the Avon River and frequently climbs out of the water to sunb...