Kobee Manatee: Heading Home to Florida

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Winner of the 2015 International Book Award in the Children's Educational category

Packed with exciting illustrations and interesting facts, this adventure story will enchant as it creates awareness for the endangered Florida manatee. In late September, Kobee Manatee is on a twelve hundred-mile mission to get back home to Florida from Cape Cod, Massachusetts before the impending cold threatens his life. On his journey, he meets two new friends: Tess the seahorse, who loves to learn, and Pablo the hermit crab, who is in search for a new shell. Will Kobee and his friends make it to Florida in time?


Robert Scott Thayer is an award-winning recording artist in the pop, jazz, and children’s genres and a member of the Save the Manatee Club in Maitland, Florida. He is the author of Kobee Manatee: A Wild Weather Adventure. He lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Lauren Gallegos is a children’s book illustrator who enjoys hiking and the beauty of nature. She is the illustrator of Vulture Verses: Love Poems for the Unloved. She lives in Brea, California.


“A swimmingly fun, educational trip sure to be enjoyed by young friends of the manatee.”  —Kirkus Reviews“This luxuriously illustrated, infectiously charming story makes us want to save the manatee and have a plush version to hug.”  —Foreword Clarion Reviews“Children can learn a great deal about manatees and their habitat by reading about Kobee and his friends and their traveling adventure.”  —Dr. Katie Tripp, director, Science and Conservation Save the Manatee Club“Preschool through early elementary aged children will enjoy learning about Manatees thanks to Thayer’s combination of enticing storyline and fun facts, not to mention Gallegos’s excellent pictures.”  —The Children’s Book Review“A thoughtful and entertaining introduction to manatees for young children that effortlessly mixes fact and fiction. These gentle and mysterious creatures have found effective advocates with the launch of this talented author and illustrator team.”   —BlueInk Review