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Turtles and Tortoises

Turtles and Tortoises

by Vassili Papastavrou

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- This succinctly written, well-illustrated introduction will appeal to students and browsers alike. The text opens with a brief survey of turtles and tortoises found around the world, describing their major physical characteristics and behavior (particularly in regard to egg-laying). It then explains the various ways in which humankind is pushing many species toward extinction. The book ends by outlining the various methods conservationists now employ to save the animals. One or two sharp color photographs appear on almost every page, and a map indicating world distribution is included. The text, in large, easy-to-read print, is well organized and clearly written; however, some useful information has been omitted. For instance, in its description of the alligator snapping turtle, the text states that the animal feeds `` . . . by tricking fish or other food into its mouth . . . ,'' but does not explain how this is accomplished. In addition, while most of the species depicted are identified by common name, a few are not. Terms that appear in bold print are defined only in the glossary, and not in the main text. However, most can be understood in context. Ancona's Turtle Watch (Macmillan, 1987) covers similar information on sea turtles in more detail, but does not include the other turtle and tortoise species examined in the Papastavrou title. Penny's Endangered Animals (Bookwright, 1988; o.p.) only briefly mentions the plight of the Galapagos tortoises. This book, despite its flaws, will be a useful addition to most collections. --Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Wildlife at Risk Ser.
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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