"Galapagos" Means "Tortoises"

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"The fluent play with words, humorous commentary, and fine pictures offer pleasing fare for reading aloud. . . ."

-School Library Journal

In verse that sings with lively cadences and rollicking rhymes, award-winning author and illustrator Ruth Heller has captured the spirit and antics of twelve of the Galápagos Islands' most unusual and fascinating creatures. Now available in paperback, this lavishly illustrated gallery showcases the giant tortoises for which ...

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Overview

Now in paperback!

"The fluent play with words, humorous commentary, and fine pictures offer pleasing fare for reading aloud. . . ."

-School Library Journal

In verse that sings with lively cadences and rollicking rhymes, award-winning author and illustrator Ruth Heller has captured the spirit and antics of twelve of the Galápagos Islands' most unusual and fascinating creatures. Now available in paperback, this lavishly illustrated gallery showcases the giant tortoises for which the islands were named, as well as sea lions, both land and marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and several kinds of sea birds, including the rare and exotic blue-footed boobies!

While the poems and pictures are plenty of fun, they also convey a wealth of information about these creatures' habits and habitats, along with a lively sense of their presence. This one-of-a-kind volume is sure to enchant wildlife lovers of all ages.

Ruth Heller is one of America's best-loved children's authors. Known for her nonfiction picture books with clever rhymes and colorful illustrations, she has more than thirty titles to her credit. Heller lives in San Francisco.

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Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News
Galapagos Means "Tortoises" (Gibbs Smith, $ 6.95, ages 5 to 9) Written in partnership with Sierra Club Books for Children, here is a rhyming story that highlights the creatures of the archipelago. Detailed illustrations bring flamingos, sea lions and blue-footed boobies to life. A gem, now re-released in paperback.
— Jennifer Okamoto
Dallas Morning News - Jennifer Okamoto
Galapagos Means "Tortoises" (Gibbs Smith, $ 6.95, ages 5 to 9) Written in partnership with Sierra Club Books for Children, here is a rhyming story that highlights the creatures of the archipelago. Detailed illustrations bring flamingos, sea lions and blue-footed boobies to life. A gem, now re-released in paperback.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578051014
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books for Children
  • Publication date: 5/21/2003
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 453,467
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Heller is one of America's best-loved children's authors. Known for her nonfiction picture books with clever rhymes and boldly colorful illustrations, she has more than thirty titles to her credit, including the best-selling Chickens Aren't The Only Ones. She makes her home in San Francisco, California.

Ruth Heller is one of America's best-loved children's authors. Known for her nonfiction picture books with clever rhymes and boldly colorful illustrations, she has more than thirty titles to her credit, including the best-selling Chickens Aren't The Only Ones. She makes her home in San Francisco, California.

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These islands of enchantment are an archipelago formed by the eruption and the torrid lava flow of furious volcanos ten million years ago.

Now

tortoises, iguanas, and boobies by the score,
and animals you may have never seen before,
live upon these islands six hundred miles from shore.

These islands called
Galapagos belong to Ecuador.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    We just returned from a fabulous trip to the Galapagos and every

    We just returned from a fabulous trip to the Galapagos and everyone on our tour was snatching this book up for their grandchildren.  And for ourselves - a great souvenir!
    Love the illustrations and the rhyming text is fun too!  I bought just one (for $15) and am buying another (for $7 this time) to give to our local kindergarten where I volunteer.  

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