Into the Sea

Overview

A beautiful, compelling book about the fragile life cycle of the endangered sea turtle.

Follows the life of a sea turtle from its hatching on a beach, through its years in the sea, and its return to land where it lays its eggs.

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Overview

A beautiful, compelling book about the fragile life cycle of the endangered sea turtle.

Follows the life of a sea turtle from its hatching on a beach, through its years in the sea, and its return to land where it lays its eggs.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Let Into the Sea touch young readers with a sense of place and sensitivity for this gentle creature of the sea."

School Library Journal, starred review

"A perfect choice for primary oceanography or endangered species units, this has a strong-enough story to use as a read-aloud as well."

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"In Brenda Guiberson's sensitive hands, the story flows as freely as the currents that carry the turtle though the shallows and open seas. The variety of Alix Berenzy's pictures, from the eye-popping colors of a coral reef to the dappled light on an endless bed of grass, brings surprise with every spread"

The Five Owls

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
At dawn, a newly hatched sea turtle, no bigger than a bottle cap, manages to survive the perils of sand and sea. Eventually, she grows to 300 pounds, evades a net, finds a mate, and after twenty years, returns to the island of her birth to lay over 100 eggs. Of these, only one or two may become adults to continue the cycle. An author's note describes several varieties of sea turtles, explains why they are endangered, and how they are being protected. Beautiful, glowing illustrations in gouache and color pencil add to the appeal of this factual and timely picture book.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3Experience the life of a female sea turtle as she breaks from her shell, splashes into the sea, and navigates for survival, eventually returning to the place of her birth to lay eggs. This tale of her life cycle is written in prose that gives immediacy to the events as the turtle encounters other sea animals during her long journey. Guiberson uses italicized sound words such as tap, tap, and scritch to draw readers into the story. Berenzy captures the essence of the text with her colored-pencil and gouache illustrations that alternate from dark to light, reflecting the various habitats. Both backgrounds and featured animals are realistic in appearance, but the overall effect lends a sense of drama to the text, especially the striking moonlit beach scenes. The author's concluding statements emphasize the diminishing number of sea turtles and the ways in which people are trying to protect them. For basic facts, turn also to Gail Gibbons's Sea Turtles (Holiday, 1995), but let Into the Sea touch young readers with a sense of place and sensitivity for this gentle creature of the sea.Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805064810
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 492,820
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Z. Guiberson has written many books for children, including Cactus Hotel, Spoonbill Swamp, Moon Bear and Disasters. As a child, Brenda never thought she wanted to be a writer—her dreams tended more toward jungle explorer. She graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in English and Fine Art. She started thinking about writing for children when her son went to elementary school, and she volunteered in his class and in the school library. After taking exciting trips that involved a fifty-foot cactus, hungry alligators and sunset-colored spoonbills, she wanted to create books for children that would be like a field trip. Her books are full of well-researched detail, and Brenda sees this research as an adventure—one that allows her to be a jungle explorer at last. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

 

Alix Berenzy is author and illustrator of A Frog Prince, Rapunzel and Sammy. She lives in Benton, Pennsylvania.

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