Our First Seal Book Highlights Animals, Grief, and Helping Others

If Memory Surfs

A Book for Healing

by Christy Burbidge
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

When Memory the seal survives a Bad Thing and an injury, she knows life will never be the same. Recovering at the Rescue Center, she meets three new friends, each healing from wounds of their own. When it comes time for her to surf the waves again, Memory freezes from fear. But if she doesn’t surf back over Danger Reef, she will never get home to her family.
Will Memory’s fear get the best of her, or will she find strength in the memories of her friends, helping her to surf over Danger Reef freely and happily once more? Find out in If Memory Surfs, an illustrated early reader and excellent primer for engagement on animals, our natural world, grief, and helping others. Coming soon in audiobook, too!

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-954039-16-2

Paperback link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1954039166

Kindle link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09MNXY2PQ

About the Author

Christy Burbidge is the author of Paulie the Piping Plover’s Merry Misfits: A Martha’s Vineyard Tale, Claire’s Coyote Friends, and If Memory Surfs: A Book for Healing. She is Associate Copy Editor for Better Than Starbucks Poetry Journal and has been published in several literary journals and magazines. Christy has an MSW from Simmons University (2004), a PhD in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University (2012), and works in the mental health field. Visit her online at www.christyburbidge.com.

About the Illustrator

Rhonda Van is an author, artist, wildlife rehabber, and lifelong animal lover. She particularly adores jackrabbits, squirrels, her animal companions, Shark Week, vegan dinners in Santa Cruz, and her husband Tony.

Rhonda has been drawing forever, but only got deeper into illustration after she started drawing the wildlife friends she cares for.

Rhonda is also the author and illustrator of Squeak the Squirrel, and the illustrator of Lop-Eared Lily, Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, The No Name Bunny, The Big Wind, The Sleepy Honey Bee, Towpath’s Tail, If Memory Surfs, and Tiffany Rolls On.


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