Turtle in the Seaby 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… See more details below
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.
- Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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- 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.
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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.