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Children's LiteratureFollowing the engaging format of other titles in this series for elementary school students, this short reference book about turtles features the green sea turtle. Each chapter of roughly four to six paragraphs is set off graphically for easy reading with boxes, photos and illustrations. "A Closer Look" examines anatomy, including details about the parts of a turtle shell and how the bodies of sea turtles have adapted to fit their underwater environment. "The Family" discusses egg-laying—some sea turtles migrate a thousand miles or more to lay their eggs on particular beaches—and the life of a baby turtle from birth to the age of fifteen. Chapters about food and predators detail a sea turtle's diet and discuss sharks, crabs and raccoons that prey on the ocean reptiles. "A Turtle's Day," an imaginary account of a-day-in-the-life, told in the first person, strikes an odd, anthropomorphic note. Land and river turtles are briefly discussed and contrasted with sea turtles in the chapter about "Relatives." Finally, "Humans and Turtles" briefly summarizes dangers to sea turtles posed by human damage to natural areas or when turtles are harvested for their shells or for food. Part of the "All About Wild Animals" series. 2004 (orig. 2002), Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 7 to 12.
—J. H. Diehl