Turtle in the Sea

Turtle in the Sea

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by Jim Arnosky
     
 

A poignant story of a sea turtle mother who lays her eggs late one night, this is also a subtle story about how important it is for mothers to take care of themselves for their children's sake. Dramatic and perfect for beginning readers, this book tells of near misses with sharks, boats, storms and nets-all the things a turtle mother must battle in order to stay

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A poignant story of a sea turtle mother who lays her eggs late one night, this is also a subtle story about how important it is for mothers to take care of themselves for their children's sake. Dramatic and perfect for beginning readers, this book tells of near misses with sharks, boats, storms and nets-all the things a turtle mother must battle in order to stay alive. The turtle mother will not stay to see her eggs hatch, because that is the turtle way. But by ensuring her own survival, she gives her children the gift of life.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
"Somewhere in the salty sea beneath the blue-green waves, a turtle flies in a water sky. She is swimming to the shore. It is time for her to dig a hole in the sand and bury her soft white turtle eggs." Rhythmic text is paired with pastel-hued watercolors in Turtle in the Sea by Jim Arnosky, the author illustrator's latest look at the wonders of nature. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This vignette focuses on the dangers-natural and man-made-that face a particular female sea turtle. She escapes from a shark, a boat, a waterspout, and a fisherman's net to drag her scarred body onto a beach to lay her eggs. Arnosky has chosen clear, candy colors for his illustrations-pink, lavender, turquoise-all surrounded by a sunny lemon yellow. These lush colors push the outer limits of nature illustration but are sure to appeal to young listeners. The text is often lyrical, "The sun will mother them with warmth," and very rarely overestimates our knowledge of animal thought, e.g., "She didn't know it was a storm." In all, this is a useful, enjoyable book for introducing young children to the plight of this animal.-Ellen Heath, Orchard School, Ridgewood, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Another nature lesson and environmental message from a specialist in translating the wonders of the natural world into terms children can understand. Arnosky (Field Trips, p. 405, etc.) gives the reader a peek into the life of a female sea turtle. As she comes to shore to lay her eggs, the scars we see on her shell serve as a segue for looking into her past. They tell the story of the many disasters, both natural and manmade, that she has encountered. A narrow escape from a shark resulted in one mark, while the crack in her shell was the consequence of a run-in with a motorboat. The scrapes and chips happened when the raging swirls of a waterspout caught her and tossed her about, finally landing her on the beach. Her final mishap left her unmarked, but wiser-as she was chasing some fish to eat, she became tangled in a fisherman's net. Luckily, the man collected his fish, and set her free. Throughout it all, her survival instinct was strong. She had to survive for her children-the eggs she now lays, covers with sand, and leaves. The reader will see the hatchlings crawl to the sea, but the mother will not: "That is the turtle way." Throughout, readers will marvel over Arnosky's characteristic watercolor paintings, which truly bring nature to life. The soft blues, greens, and yellows of the water bring the reader right into the sea with the turtle. Especially captivating are his depictions of the mangrove cove where the turtle recuperates, and the adorable hatchlings as they scurry to the sea. Arnosky's gentle combination of lesson and beautiful artwork will serve to capture the nature-lover in every child. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399227578
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Pages:
142
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
5 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Jim Arnosky is well known for his "keen observations of nature and his fine artistic talent" (School Library Journal). He has written and illustrated many children’s books. Otters Under Water was called "first-rate natural history for the youngest" by Kirkus Reviews (pointer review), and School Library Journal wrote that in it "each of his creatures exhibits a distinct individualism." Every Autumn Comes the Bear was called "vibrant, translucent and strikingly composed" by Publishers Weekly, and Booklist wrote "Arnosky's radiant pictures have a dazzling sense of pattern and composition . . . and a sense of mystery. A beautiful, imaginative, and informative approach." School Library Journal said of Rabbits & Raindrops, “Perfect for story-time or lap-time reading, this book will give children a feeling of security and contentment.”

Jim Arnosky and his family live on a twenty-acre farm in Vermont.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Turtle in the Sea 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Opening with a midnight scene lit by a piercing lighthouse beam readers see a large turtle laboriously pulling herself onto the beach in order to dig in the sand and lay her eggs. As the light illuminates her shell we see scars and marks, maps of the battles she has fought to survive. Once, when she was very young, a shark had surprised her, nipping at her from beneath. Another time as she grazed for jellyfish, which she loved, she was plowed under the surface by a large boat. Life is not easy for denizens of the sea, whether the danger is found in a sudden storm or a hidden net. Nonetheless, this mother turtle persevered to lay her eggs Mr. Arnosky has painted a touching picture of life in the sea, and of the new life that is born there.