Kobee Manatee

Heading Home to Florida

This beautifully illustrated children’s informational picture book about the rare and threatened manatee is for parents, grandparents, children, teachers and librarians who want a captivating adventure that can be enjoyed again and again. Kobee Manatee takes a rare summertime trip from Florida all the way up to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. But he needs to get home before winter sets in or he’ll die from the cold. Kobee meets two new friends along the way; Tess a seahorse and Pablo a hermit crab. Will their twelve hundred mile journey south be a safe one with so many unforeseen obstacles ahead?
  • Award Winning Children’s Book
  • Award Winning Children’s Book

Award Winning Children’s Book

Gold Award Recipient in “Children’s Picture Books” – Mom’s Choice Awards!

Award-Winning Finalist in the “Children’s Educational” Category of The USA Best Book Awards!

Kobee Manatee: Heading Home to Florida is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.

  • Manatee Fun Facts

Manatee Fun Facts

This delightful book is educational with Manatee Fun Facts on every page!

Manatees eat only plants, but can weigh up to 1,200 lbs or more….

Manatee fossils in Florida date back about 45 million years….

Learn more about manatees with Kobee’s Fun Facts on every page!

Coming early 2015 – Book 2, Kobee Manatee: A Wild Weather Adventure

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    Kirkus Reviews

    “A swimmingly fun, educational trip sure to be enjoyed by young friends of the manatee.”

    A manatee, a hermit crab and a sea horse make an unlikely but enjoyable trio as they share facts, fun and friendship down the Eastern Seaboard.

    Thayer’s debut children’s book introduces readers to Kobee—a manatee in a purple newsboy cap and yellow shirt—as he swims from Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Bay to his Florida home of Blue Spring State Park. This affable marine mammal is not alone on his adventure. Tess, a sea horse, and then a South Carolina hermit crab named Pablo join him for his dip in the Atlantic Ocean and his search for warmer waters. Through their interactions, the reader learns more about manatees. Kobee, the tale’s narrator, proves an invaluable traveling companion: He provides cover, protects his friends from close calls with both a shark and a giant sea turtle, helps Pablo locate a new shell and leads the group on their journey to his manatee habitat. Kobee has his own dangerous encounter as he, Tess and Pablo narrowly escape a collision with a boat. He warns that it’s sometimes difficult for boats to sight him. He cautions, “One of my manatee friends was badly hurt by a boat propeller.” Not to worry, though: Kobee is appropriately careful and circumvents catastrophe throughout his exploits. Thayer’s charismatic characters are further animated through Gallegos’ vibrant, color-saturated illustrations, bringing the story to life. Readers, however, are pulled away from the illustrations and the narrative at times by “Kobee’s Fun Facts,” superimposed boxes that provide facts and information about manatees. This clunky stylistic choice, however, does not undermine the information they present. When Tess remarks about Kobee’s large size, the boxed information states, “The average manatee is 10 feet long and weighs between 800 to 1,200 pounds!” Between Kobee’s narration and Thayer’s trivia, this is an entertaining tool that one can easily imagine supplementing lessons in marine conservation or biology.

    ~Kirkus Reviews

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    BlueInk

    “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

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    The Children’s Book Review

    “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’ excellent pictures.” – The Children’s Book Review (www.thechildrensbookreview.com)

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    Save the Manatee Club

    “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 of Science and Conservation, Save the Manatee Club

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    ForeWord Reviews

    “This luxuriously illustrated, infectiously charming story makes us want to save the manatee and have a plush version to hug.” – ForeWord Clarion Reviews


Robert Scott Thayer

Robert Scott Thayer


Author Robert Scott Thayer is also a recording artist who writes and sings in the pop, jazz, and children’s genres. Robert has won several International Songwriting Awards including those from Billboard. His newest children’s tune, Kobee’s Song, produced by 2012 Grammy winner Jim Cravero, is fun, upbeat, and has a solid reggae groove. It’s about the clever protagonist, KOBEE MANATEE, in Thayer’s first children’s informational picture book.
Kobee Manatee

Kobee Manatee


Hi, I'm Kobee. I'm a West Indian manatee, also called a Florida manatee. You'll find me in Florida's waters during winter. I'm warm blooded and need water temperatures around seventy degrees Fahrenheit. During summer, I'll travel the Gulf of Mexico, or the southeast coast of the United States.

Kobee Manatee

Heading Home to Florida

This beautifully illustrated children’s informational picture book about the rare and threatened manatee is for parents, grandparents, children, teachers and librarians who want a captivating adventure that can be enjoyed again and again. Kobee Manatee takes a rare summertime trip from Florida all the way up to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. But he needs to get home before winter sets in or he’ll die from the cold. Kobee meets two new friends along the way; Tess a seahorse and Pablo a hermit crab. Will their twelve hundred mile journey south be a safe one with so many unforeseen obstacles ahead?
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