Baby Sea Turtle

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Canadian Science Writers' Association's Science in Society Journalism Award Winner, Children's Book category, 2007

Silver Birch Express Honour Book, 2008

On a narrow strip of beach in Trinidad, a mother sea turtle comes to shore to dig her nest and deposit her eggs. Right from the beginning, the odds are against the hatchlings. Wild dogs, the rising tide, and other digging sea turtles could destroy the eggs before they hatch. The remaining ...

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Overview


Canadian Science Writers' Association's Science in Society Journalism Award Winner, Children's Book category, 2007

Silver Birch Express Honour Book, 2008

On a narrow strip of beach in Trinidad, a mother sea turtle comes to shore to dig her nest and deposit her eggs. Right from the beginning, the odds are against the hatchlings. Wild dogs, the rising tide, and other digging sea turtles could destroy the eggs before they hatch. The remaining baby sea turtles will scramble to the water as best they can - taking their first steps on a long and dangerous journey to maturity.

Included are the folllowing:

  • Original color photographs taken in the wild,
  • Simple, informative stories
  • A "Did You Know?" section of interesting facts
  • Complete with introduction, table of contents, and index for parents and teachers, and
  • A fine introduction to nature for preschoolers and primary readers
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Of the eight species of sea turtles, the Leatherback is arguably the most majestic. Measuring up to ten feet in length, weighing up to two thousand pounds, this reptile has a rubbery—or leathery—carapace, hence the name, Leatherback. This book, part of the "Nature Babies" series, gives young readers a beautifully photographed and realistic look at baby leatherbacks, from the time mature female leatherbacks lumber onto the beach to lay eggs, to when a few hatchlings make it safely into the waves. Beginning with a personal note to the reader about traveling to film leatherbacks in Trinidad, Lang and Lynch detail the movements of mother sea turtles as they attempt to dig sandy nests and lay their eggs. Even before the eggs hatch, babies are in danger: from other mothers who may inadvertently dig up nests, leaving exposed eggs to scavengers. Once they are hatched, leatherback babies face predators such as wild dogs, ghost crabs and vultures, plus hazards like large pieces of driftwood on their way to the ocean. Male hatchlings will never go on the beach again; females will return if they survive to adulthood. The book's photography is extraordinary; after viewing a series of photos showing a hatchling righting itself after it falls on its back, all I can say is "Wow!" The book includes a valuable "Did You Know?" page with more facts about these amazing creatures, plus an index. It is well recommended!
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4
Lang and Lynch have once again combined amazing photos and biologically accurate text to create a book that is both visually appealing and accessible to young readers. In clear, concise language, the author describes a mother leatherback sea turtle as she comes ashore on a Caribbean beach late one night to lay her eggs. The informative text delineates the many dangers that imperil the eggs and later the hatchlings as they struggle to survive against incredible odds. "Did you know?" sections provide interesting facts for beginning researchers. Simpler than the "Nature's Children" series (Grolier) and containing more information than the "Welcome Books" (Children's Press), this book will fill a niche and make an excellent addition to both school and public libraries.
—Carole PhillipsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550417463
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Series: Nature Babies
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Aubrey Lang has been a science writer and wildlife photographer for the past 25 years and a freelance writer for more than fifteen years.

Wayne Lynch began work as a full-time science writer and photographer in 1979. Today he is the author of numerous award-winning books and television documentaries, one of Canada's best-known and most widely published photographers, and a popular guest lecturer. His books include Wild Birds Across the Prairies, Mountain Bears, A is for Arctic, and Penguins of the World. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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