Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!

Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!

by April Pulley Sayre
     
 

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Humans offer a helping hand.

Sea turtles face many dangers as they grow, eat, travel, and breed. In this dramatization of one female turtle's challenges, acclaimed nature writer April Pulley Sayre highlights the role that humans have in helping this endangered species.

Previously published, this story has been re-illustrated by Annie Patterson. Information on

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Humans offer a helping hand.

Sea turtles face many dangers as they grow, eat, travel, and breed. In this dramatization of one female turtle's challenges, acclaimed nature writer April Pulley Sayre highlights the role that humans have in helping this endangered species.

Previously published, this story has been re-illustrated by Annie Patterson. Information on sea turtle conservation efforts and the seven species of sea turtles is included.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The life of the always-in-peril sea turtle begins with an egg on a Florida beach buried by its mother. All along the way, however, there are helping hands, with the repeated refrain, "Turtle, turtle, watch out!" Helpers protect the buried egg until after two months Turtle hatches and scrambles toward the beach. Fortunately she reaches the water safely. More helping hands remove a plastic bag before it chokes her. After twenty years, Turtle feels that it is time to travel. Escaping pursuing sharks and a shrimp net, she manages to mate with a male turtle. Then she must swim ashore to lay her eggs. With luck and help her hatchlings will make it back to the sea. The tone of precarious adventure is set on the jacket, as a small turtle swims in a naturalistic sea scene painted in watercolor, gouache, and pastel. The double-page illustrations present a venue devoid of too much melodrama. Only the extra-large type warns of constant danger. Nature is at work here with some human help as we follow the cycle of turtle life. There is added information on varieties of turtle, and about the many people all over the world that are helping them survive. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Dangers threaten the survival of sea turtles at every stage of their lives. In this newly illustrated version of a 2000 book of the same title, beautiful pictures in watercolor, gouache, and pastels illustrate many of these risky situations, and the narrative describes how people are working to minimize these threats. The title is repeated on many of the double-page descriptions: a new hatchling is attracted to the porch light—"Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! Small hands switch off the light," so that the baby turtle changes direction away from the house and toward the moonlight on the water. Other dangers are natural—the night herons and raccoons alert to the scrambling hatchlings, hungry fish awaiting the tiny babies tumbling in the currents. People's life-saving actions are described or shown, e.g., reaching out of a boat into the water to retrieve a plastic bag that could choke a feeding turtle. The illustrations are soft-toned but dramatically interpret such dangers as the looming cat on the beach, menacing sharks, and confining fishing nets. A two-page description of how people throughout the world are helping the seven endangered species of sea turtles survive and the thumbnail sketches of these species provide background. A good read-aloud or read-along choice for environmental awareness.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Children's Literature
Before a sea turtle is even hatched from her egg, she's got to be on her guard for life-threatening dangers¾ravenous, egg-loving racoons at night, or careening, shell-crushing jeeps on the beach. The young hatchling will meet many other natural predators and dangerous human devices as she follows moonlight on the water, scrambling out to sea where she will grow to adulthood. Yet the turtle is not alone in her struggle for survival, for at every turn, human hands reach out to offer help. Young readers will be captivated by the suspenseful text, which vividly describes the life cycle of the endangered sea turtle. The shimmering, full-color illustrations provide the perfect backdrop for this dramatic sea adventure. This hardcover picture book does more than excite the imagination and raise awareness of the sea turtle's plight. It provides children with hope for our ecological future, and closes with information on how to get involved with conservation agencies that are dedicated to saving this endangered species. 2000, Orchard Books,
Kirkus Reviews
Considering the dangers a sea turtle faces, its life would be a "short story, or no story at all" without helping hands, according to this compelling narrative. Here that help begins before a little loggerhead even gets off the beach, as a child chases away marauding raccoons, places a wire cage over the buried clutch of turtle eggs, and later turns off a house light to prevent the new hatchling from crawling inland. The hazards don't end there, as the young turtle still faces not only natural predators, but also entangling fish nets and floating plastic bags that look like edible jellyfish. With each danger comes the refrain, "Turtle, Turtle Watch Out!," inviting listeners to take part in the story. Using a palette dominated by deep blues and greens, Christiansen creates spread-filling, dimly lit ocean scenes, viewing the turtle (generally head on) as she plugs along, feeding, growing, narrowly escaping one risk after another, returning at last to the beach where she hatched to lay eggs of her own. Sea turtles are a popular picture book topic, but the emphasis on protective measures and practices gives this an unusual slant. The afterword includes a conservation organization's address and information about how ordinary citizens are helping sea turtles survive. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580891493
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
368,591
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

April Pulley Sayre is the award-winning author of dozens of books, including MEET THE HOWLERS!; TURTLE, TURTLE, WATCH OUT!; and ONE IS A SNAIL, TEN IS A CRAB, an ALA Notable Book. She lives in South Bend, Indiana.

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