Christmas with Marco


The Ellises meet Marco, who comes from far, far away and is visiting friends – when his visit is cut short by impending cold.  Will he make it home before temperatures fall too far?


While returning from viewing Christmas lights at Sandy Point State Park, the Ellises discover a strange creature in the Chesapeake Bay. Their amazement grows when they learn Marco the Manatee swam 900 miles from Florida to the Bay to visit friends. The special holiday meal Marco shares with Sienna the Sturgeon, Solomon the Shark, and Emberlyn the Eel, is cut short by falling water temperatures that threaten Marco’s survival and force him to swim to warmer waters.

Children 6-10 will love this story which is based on the true events of a manatee that swam from Florida to Maryland four times between 1994 and 2011.

Written by Cindy Freland, illustrated by Gabby Hammaker

Paperback: 40 pages, full color illustrations, large print, ISBN: 978-1-941927-86-1, 8.5” x 8.5”

Hardback: 40 pages, full color illustrations, large print, ISBN: 978-1-941927-87-8, 8.5” x 8.5”

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