Children's LiteratureFrom inside his egg under the sand, Little Turtle can hear the call of the Sea. As he breaks from the egg and heaves himself up from the sand, he gains courage and help from the songs the Sea sings to him. He escapes the swooping Seagull and the snapping Crab with the Sea's warnings, but tires just steps from the water. The Sea then stretches toward him and lifts him gently home, in this simply told, satisfying story of survival. Burgin manages to tell the visual tale with feeling but without sacrificing natural history. From the front endpapers showing the gentle waves and sweep of beach with the turtle's tracks to the back endpapers with the tiny turtle swimming in a glowing green sea, the paintings are honest but emotionally charged. The close-up of Little Turtle literally bursting from the sands contrasts his energy with the calm of a starry night. The diagonal attack of the gull is a visual statement of primal force. This turtle's story ends happily; that of the many who don't make it is only implied. 2001, Crocodile Books/Interlink Publishing Group Inc., $15.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 1-2-After Little Turtle breaks out of his leathery eggshell, his trek to the sea takes on a mythical tone as the personified Sea, in a repetitive singsong voice, calls and guides the baby reptile to its welcoming waves. On his journey, the little creature faces many dangers from suffocating sand to fierce seagulls to hungry crabs, but his omnipresent protector urges and warns him each step of the way with such mind-numbing verse as, "`Come on, Little Turtle,' sang the Sea. `A few more steps, and safe you'll be.'" And if this weren't corny enough, when he reaches his goal, he, too, feels the need to sing, "At last-at last I'm free," mistakenly implying he will face no further dangers. Burgin's paintings belie the text, as Little Turtle is depicted in one double-page spread as some giant mutant turtle emerging from the sand. In addition, the pictures of the Sea, in muted, flat purples and greens, do not do justice to her power. Although it is for a slightly older audience, Brenda Guiberson's Into the Sea (Holt, 1995) is a beautifully illustrated, fuller, and more accurate account of this gentle marine creature's life.-Betty S. Evans, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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- 10.70(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.35(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 8 Years
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An exquisite tale for children of all ages derived from the fact of nature about a newly hatched turtle¿s perilous journey from egg to sea. The difficulty obtaining this book from my local bookstores determined it¿s popularity and once in my possession, I could clearly understand why. To hear my daughter urging the little turtle to safety with a whispered voice echoing the song of the sea as I read it to her was not what I would call mind numbing, but exhilarating. For a story to capture the awe of not only a child, but also an adult to the point of goose pimples upon my skin, can safely cast aside any notion that this story is `corny¿. It is nothing less than wonderful. Norman Burgin¿s illustrations are breathtakingly beautiful. To describe any of her drawings of this creature as mutant is totally irrelevant. Aimed at a young audience, the happy ending is quite apt. Young children will face the horrors of animal survival or death soon enough and do not need to have their minds filled with fact at such a tender age. I loved this book, and if there are any others relating to this subject, I feel I have no need to look any further than the one by Cain and Burgess now complimenting my daughter¿s bookshelf. Ten out of Ten.