Turtle Tide: The Ways of Sea Turtles

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A mother turtle swims to shore. She digs a hole in a dune, where she lays one hundred eggs. Following her instinct, she covers the eggs with sand and slowly makes her way back to sea. What happens next, from eggs to hatchlings, is one of the most extraordinary occurrences in nature. The eggs provide food for other animals, and the eggs that survive produce hatchlings that, again, provide food for birds and crabs. Even those hatchlings that make it to the ocean face an uncertain future. Together, lyrical text and...
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A mother turtle swims to shore. She digs a hole in a dune, where she lays one hundred eggs. Following her instinct, she covers the eggs with sand and slowly makes her way back to sea. What happens next, from eggs to hatchlings, is one of the most extraordinary occurrences in nature. The eggs provide food for other animals, and the eggs that survive produce hatchlings that, again, provide food for birds and crabs. Even those hatchlings that make it to the ocean face an uncertain future. Together, lyrical text and dramatic paintings give young readers an understanding of how turtles give birth and how the young fight for survival in this winner of the Maryland Blue Crab Young Readers' Award.
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"Hiscock's watercolors illuminate each step along the way in fascinating detail, providing the hook that will lure readers into wanting more. . . . A satisfying introduction to endangered animals, the food chain and the intrepid Atlantic sea turtle by a National Park Service Ranger and author of many other nature titles." --Kirkus Reviews

"A great addition to any collection of library books on reptiles, turtles, and environmental problems." --Library Media Connection

"Well done and worth reading - and the lovely, full-page watercolors are as powerful as the concise text." --Science Books & Films

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How many times have you watched a nature program about sea turtles and viewed hundreds of turtle hatchlings marching smartly from their nests on the beach to the sea? Background music is lively, the babies are cute and all seem right with the natural world. Appealing as they are, hatchlings are only the beginning. This book tells the hatchling's story in a more realistic light. Starting with a mother sea turtle swimming to the beach where she hatched to lay eggs of her own, the well-researched text points out almost insurmountable hazards. Animals such as raccoons dig up and eat the eggs. The beach the hatchlings must cross is dangerous: ghost crabs and sea birds catch and eat many. Once the turtles reach the sea, predators reduce the number of survivors. The book ends on a somewhat hopeful note, showing a solitary hatchling swimming into the sunset toward the deep ocean. While the sea turtle expert I checked with stated that only one hatchling making it out to sea is probably less than the norm, the point of the book is well-taken: sea turtles face amazing odds beginning with the comical scramble from nest to waves. Illustrations are breathtaking, text is finely written, especially the "About Sea Turtles" at the back of the book accompanied by drawings of the different sea turtles. The suggested reading list is impressive, including Archie Carr's So Excellent a Fish—A Natural History of Sea Turtles, considered by most marine scientists to be the definitive classic work on these ocean-dwelling reptiles. 2005, Boyds Mill Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Judy Crowder
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Gr 3-5-Simple, lyrical prose accompanies brilliant watercolors in this account of a nesting loggerhead turtle and her hatchlings. Swinburne describes the decimation of the eggs and the new hatchlings by raccoons, ghost crabs, a heron, a shark, and some gulls, until only one turtle is left to carry on to adulthood. Hiscock's sand- and sea-toned illustrations are eye-catching and match the text well. Two appended pages give more information on marine turtles and the dangers they face, and why we know so little about their far-ranging lives. Gail Gibbons's Sea Turtles (Holiday House, 1995) is a more general introduction, and Bianca Davies's handsome One Tiny Turtle (Candlewick, 2001) offers a glimpse at the possible maturing life of one of the ones that got away.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An Atlantic sea turtle struggles ashore to lay her eggs in the sand in this handsomely illustrated picture-book treatment. The tiny turtles, on hatching, struggle to avoid predators; raccoons, ghost grabs, blue herons, sand sharks and laughing gulls diminish the 100 eggs to a single surviving hatchling swimming off into the red gold sea. Hiscock's watercolors illuminate each step along the way in fascinating detail, providing the hook that will lure readers into wanting more. And the backmatter provides information about ocean turtle species and suggested reading. A satisfying introduction to endangered animals, the food chain and the intrepid Atlantic sea turtle by a National Park Service Ranger and author of many other nature titles. (Nonfiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590780817
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.22 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen R. Swinburne is a writer, photographer, and naturalist. He is the author of numerous nature books for children. He and his wife, Heather, and their two children live in South Londonderry, Vermont.

Bruce Hiscock trained as a chemist but later turned to children's nature books as his full-time career. He has written and illustrated many books for children. He lives at the edge of the Adirondack Mountains in Porter Corners, New York.

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