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Turtle Watch
     

Turtle Watch

by Saviour Pirotta, Nilesh Mistry (Illustrator)
 

Old Jiro-San sits on the beach listening to the wind, sweeping the sand with a broom and waiting, always waiting. Some people think Jiro-San's a little strange, but Taro is fascinated by the old wise man and his wonderful secrets. And when Jiro-San reveals that some special friends — Japanese sea turtles that are ready to lay their eggs — are on their

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Old Jiro-San sits on the beach listening to the wind, sweeping the sand with a broom and waiting, always waiting. Some people think Jiro-San's a little strange, but Taro is fascinated by the old wise man and his wonderful secrets. And when Jiro-San reveals that some special friends — Japanese sea turtles that are ready to lay their eggs — are on their way to the beach, Taro and his sister, Yuko, help Jiro-San prepare for them. Based on a true story, this charming picture book features an endnote about sea turtles and an endorsement by the leader of the marine turtle research program at the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service.

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Children's Literature - Nancy Baumann
Taro enjoys his time at the beach, swimming and diving for sponges. An older man, Jiro-san, shows Taro many secrets about the beach, including feeding crabs and watching seahorses. While Taro feels Jiro-san is a wise person, Yuko, his sister, thinks Jiro-san is odd. She feels this way because she has seen Jiro-san sweep the beach with a broom. Taro discovers the purpose for sweeping which is to clean the beach of litter for the special guests that Jiro-san is expecting. Could the guests be dolphins, whales, or sword fish? Jiro-san answers no to all of Taro's guesses. Finally Taro discovers the mysterious visitors are loggerhead turtles coming to lay eggs on the beach in the moonlight. Taro, Yuko, and Jiro-san witness the laying of eggs and weeks later, the birth of baby turtles. The children are in awe of what they have witnessed, and Yuko has changed her mind about Jiro-san's wisdom. Delicate pastel illustrations of beach scenes enhance the simplicity of this environmental message. An author's note gives factual information about loggerhead turtles. A book to read and discuss during a science or social studies unit about the environment especially oil spills, animals, biomes or Japan. Reviewer: Nancy Baumann

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845079390
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
03/24/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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