One Tiny Turtle

One Tiny Turtle

by Jane Chapman
     
 

This lyrical and informative look at the elusive and endangered loggerhead turtle is sure to delight young nature lovers.

Far, far out at sea lives one of the world's most mysterious creatures, the loggerhead turtle. For thirty years she swims the oceans, wandering thousands of miles as she searches for food. Until, one summer night, she lands on a beach to

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This lyrical and informative look at the elusive and endangered loggerhead turtle is sure to delight young nature lovers.

Far, far out at sea lives one of the world's most mysterious creatures, the loggerhead turtle. For thirty years she swims the oceans, wandering thousands of miles as she searches for food. Until, one summer night, she lands on a beach to lay her eggs—the very same beach where she herself was born. Nicola Davies's lyrical text offers fascinating information about the journey of the tiny, endangered loggerhead, while charming paintings by Jane Chapman vivdly illustrate one turtle's journey.

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Publishers Weekly
"Davies's dramatic rendering of the life cycle of the Loggerhead turtle draws readers into the mysteries of this reclusive deep-sea creature," said PW, "while Chapman's aqua-tinted spreads bring the ocean world to life in all its majestic beauty." Ages 5-8. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
For thirty years she swims the oceans wandering thousands of miles in search of food. One summer night she lands on shore to lay her eggs on the same beach where she was hatched! This story of one tiny turtle's journey is beautifully illustrated. 2001, Candlewick Press, $15.99. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: S. Kleven SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
For inquisitive kids there is nothing better than well-written nonfiction. Nicola Davies is an author with many accolades for doing just that and her book about loggerhead turtles was named The Best Children's Book of the Year, 2002, by Bank Street College of Education and it received half a dozen state awards. The book has been reissued as part of the "Read, Listen & Wonder" series. The story tells of the life of a loggerhead, how it grows from a tiny little creature hatched from an egg, that it finds refuge in the sea, growing eventually into a huge creature weighing so much that at maturity it can barely pull its body across the sand to dig a nest and lay eggs. Once born these turtles face great danger and many do not even make it to the sea. Creatures just lie in wait to make a meal of them. Once at sea, there are other dangers until the turtle ages and its shell grows hard enough and it is big enough that it is no longer a tasty meal for a fish. Scientists really do not know much about sea turtles and certainly there is no explanation of how they manage after nearly 20 years to find their way back to the beach where they hatched to lay the eggs for another generation. The pictures are totally complementary. The text is also complemented by a factual test that runs along the bottom of certain pages like the waves that are a part of these turtles' habitats. In this reissue the story is read by Alan Marriott and then additional facts are provided about this creature that is so elusive. The third and final track has the book being read again with music to assist young readers with the page turns. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-This nicely developed picture-book introduction to the loggerhead turtle sketches the life experiences of a typical female through text and broad acrylic views. The author exhibits a flair for alliteration and imagery in her descriptive narrative about this sea animal: "Just beneath the surface is a tangle of weed and driftwood where tiny creatures cling. This is the nursery of a sea turtle." Several pages follow the creature's early period and departure for the larger sea, and then the years of growth and travel are skimmed until her eventual return to the beach of her birth to lay her own eggs. On many pages curving lines of smaller type add bits of explanation, augmenting the story line. The double-spread paintings, occasionally alternating with smaller pictures set on aqua pages, focus on the turtle, with a few water plants suggesting underwater detail. A fine bed of blue crabs on which the turtle feasts is the only view of other animals sharing the ocean habitat until a concluding beach scenario where gulls and crabs threaten the newly hatched turtles who are starting the cycle anew. A very brief introduction identifies this turtle as a loggerhead. Gail Gibbons's Sea Turtles (Holiday, 1995) and Brenda Guiberson's Into the Sea (Holt, l995) offer young readers more information on this interesting animal. Broadly sketched in good language and pictures for read-aloud sharing, Davies's title will be enjoyed as a glimpse into the ways of the remarkable giant sea turtles.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763615499
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
1ST US
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.04(w) x 11.09(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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