Tracks in the Sand

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With stunning, realistic illustrations Leedy introduces young readers to the life cycle of the loggerhead sea turtle, an endangered species that follows an instinct that is a million years old.

Eggs laid in the sand by a female sea turtle hatch into tiny turtles, which eventually grow large enough to lay their own eggs.

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With stunning, realistic illustrations Leedy introduces young readers to the life cycle of the loggerhead sea turtle, an endangered species that follows an instinct that is a million years old.

Eggs laid in the sand by a female sea turtle hatch into tiny turtles, which eventually grow large enough to lay their own eggs.

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K-Gr 2-- A brief picture book that describes the reproduction of sea turtles (identified as loggerheads in the afterword): mating at sea, the female's sojourn to shore, egg laying, and return to the ocean. Eggs develop, hatchlings scramble across the sand to reach the sea, and the cycle begins again years later as a female crawls to shore. These events are successfully related with a few simple facts interwoven with poetic language that is echoed in the watercolor pencil drawings. Cover-to-cover illustrations encompass the text with the natural colors of the shore during daylight and capture the essence of the same scene in moonlight. A sense of place is established by footprints and shells strewn on a seemingly deserted beach, and continues to picture the development of the eggs under the sand. Information is somewhat limited by the brevity of the narrative, with no reference to the timing of the mating season, the perilous journey of the hatchlings due to predators, or the size of adult sea turtles. However, this information is presented in a page of notes for adults, along with ways to protect these mysterious animals. An attractive introduction. --Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
Carolyn Phelan
A sea turtle crawls onto the shore one night, lays her eggs, covers them with sand, and returns to the ocean. Beneath the sand, the baby turtles develop in the eggs, hatch out, and scramble into the sea, where they dive, eat, drift, and grow. Years later, a female crawls onto the shore one night. . . . Delicately shaded pencil drawings in warm sand tones, grays, and midnight blues provide a beautifully understated setting for the dramatic reality of the turtle's story. This quiet book not only dramatizes the life cycle of the sea turtle, but also speaks eloquently about its dignity. In an afterword, Leedy describes loggerhead turtles more fully, also explaining why they are endangered and how people can help them. While Library of Congress classification places this volume with picture books, libraries may want to consider shelving it with nonfiction. An excellent resource for introducing sea turtles and the beauty and order of the natural world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385306584
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 8.85 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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