A Place for Turtles

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In simple yet informative language, A Place for Turtles introduces young readers to the ways human action or inaction can affect turtle populations and opens kids minds to a wide range of environmental issues. Describing various examples, the text provides an intriguing look at turtles, at the ecosystems that support their survival, and at the efforts of some people to save them. At the end of the book, the author offers readers a list of things they can do to help protect these special creatures in their own ...

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Overview

In simple yet informative language, A Place for Turtles introduces young readers to the ways human action or inaction can affect turtle populations and opens kids minds to a wide range of environmental issues. Describing various examples, the text provides an intriguing look at turtles, at the ecosystems that support their survival, and at the efforts of some people to save them. At the end of the book, the author offers readers a list of things they can do to help protect these special creatures in their own communities.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Stewart presents simple information about a variety of turtles that are threatened environmentally. Using a parallel text structure on each double-page spread, she presents a fact about turtles on the left-hand page and offers a solution on the right. Each solution begins with the words "when people," making it clear even to the youngest reader that people's actions can have an impact. Each spread has an inset, explaining the issue for a particular type of turtle. For example, sea turtles are threatened by floating plastic bags that look like jellyfish; today many families use reusable cloth bags. Dogs off-leash on family hikes can injure turtles (and other small animals); keeping dogs on leashes allows turtles and other wild creatures to grow. Stewart's simple, easy to understand, and direct language is just right for the intended audience. She explains turtles' place in the food chain and the importance of having a thriving turtle population, then closes with a bulleted list of helpful tips, "terrific turtle tidbits," and selected resources. Bond's acrylic paintings, showing each turtle in its natural habitat, are full of color and light. Many of them show children or families helping turtles by doing the proper thing, like maintaining wetlands and other turtle habitats, not participating in turtle races, or not touching turtles found in the wild. Endpapers feature twelve map insets and small paintings of the turtles included in the book, showing their natural range here in North America. Stewart and Bond have successfully continued their positive approach to teaching youngsters about environmental issues in this latest offering in the "A Place for" series. Not only will this book be a wonderful addition to a science or nature collection, it will also encourage youngsters to care for the environment and even participate in community action to that end. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—The fast decline of the slow-moving turtle is the focus of this title. On most of the spreads, one or two simple sentences set within a wide, colored margin at the top describe a human activity harmful to turtles (e.g., the use of plastic bags, which pollute the world's oceans and kill the marine turtles that mistake them for jellyfish; the reptiles' decimation by cars traveling near their habitats; collecting wild turtles for pets, etc.) and then suggest a solution ("When people stop using plastic shopping bags, turtles can live and grow," "When people build turtle-proof fences along busy highways…," "When people stop collecting these beautiful reptiles…," etc.). Realistic, brightly hued acrylic paintings appear throughout, depicting one or more turtles in their natural habitats while sidebars identify the species, explaining how its survival is threatened and what efforts are being made to save it. Also discussed are turtles' key place in the wildlife food chain and simple ways that readers can help conserve them. An addendum offers miscellaneous facts, and small maps on endpapers indicate the geographical range of the 12 species depicted, which include the desert tortoise, leatherbacks, bog turtles, and box turtles. As there is a dearth of material on turtle conservation aimed at this age level, A Place for Turtles will help fill an information gap; its brilliantly executed paintings are bound to attract browsers as well.—Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561456932
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 493,042
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: AD980L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Stewart
Melissa Stewart
Award-winning author Melissa Stewart has written more than 50 science books for kids (and edited more than 200)! Her background in biology and journalism makes her perfect for bringing science to kids.
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  • Posted May 29, 2013

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    When raising my children in small-town-USA with a big backyard,

    When raising my children in small-town-USA with a big backyard, it seemed inevitable that they would find turtles from time to time. When they did, they were allowed (by Mom and Dad) to pick them up carefully (being careful to avoid the reach of the turtles snapping mouth), and observe them for awhile. The turtles were never harmed and were ALWAYS placed back where they were found. This gave the kids the opportunity to see some of God's creation up close and observe their movements.

    Of course, the kids didn't want to let the turtles go back where they belonged, and that is why Moms and Dads make decisions. You see, there is A Place for Turtles and it is not in a box in your house. Not in a terrarium on your shelf. And not away from their natural habitat.

    This beautifully illustrated book about turtles gives a good introduction to young elementary children of the importance of preserving the natural habitats of wildlife and in particular turtles. When plants foreign to a region are introduced, they can wreak havoc on the survival of wildlife. Each two page spread illustrates a turtle species or fact and there are interesting tidbits in a sidebar.

    I especially like the two page spread in the front and the back of the book depicting the North America area with mapped distribution of each type of turtle. There are 12 illustrations for 12 different turtle types, including ocean dwelling turtles.

    Now back to my kids and turtles..... I am pretty sure the turtles they always found were most probably Boxed Turtles, though there may have been a spotted turtle, too. Again, we knew it was best not to keep them as "pets" and quickly released them back to the area in which they were found. Did the same turtles revisit us? Ah, who knows. I just know that we found right many turtles through the years though we didn't live near a pond or creek. They just came and went. Such is our natural world. Fascinating and interesting and all God's creation.

    DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of A Place for Turtles was provided by Peachtree Publishers in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

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    What can we do to ensure there will always be a place for turtle

    What can we do to ensure there will always be a place for turtles on this planet? It is up to humans to protect the turtles existence.

    There are turtles that live in the ocean, in lakes and ponds, then there are those that live in the desert and farmlands. No matter where they live they are always in danger at the hand of humans, whether it is from plastic bags, vegetation planted by humans taking over their nesting grounds or humans making the mistake of taking them out of their habit as pets exposing them to diseases if released back into nature. It is our responsibility to make sure they have a place so they can live and grow.

    The author definitely did her research on the turtle. When she had all the right material she needed she wrote this book in a way that our children will be encouraged to help the turtle and its habitat so they can live and grow. The illustrations are spot on with the author's writings giving a visual look of the different kinds of turtles and their habitats.

    I have read some of the author's other books in the A Place For Series with the same enthusiasm as this final book of this series. The series will make a great addition any child's collection of books. Just image them spouting off all the facts they have learned to their friends and family.

    I highly recommend this book to children ages 6-10, parents, grandparents, educators, librarians and caregivers.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publisher for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This is my honest opinion.

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