Pamela Powell The Turtle Watchers

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The Turtle Watchers

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Esther, Philomena, and Amelia, sisters on a Caribbean island, band together to protect a nest of leatherback turtle eggs from curious children, poachers, and natural enemies

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Grade 4-6-- In the present-day West Indies, sisters Esther, Philomena, and Amelia observe a sea turtle laying her eggs and decide to protect the nest from danger until the time of hatching because the eggs are considered a local delicacy. The girls also learn about the profitable black market for tortoise shell and stage a protest. Ultimately, they and an elderly fisherman witness the successful hatching of the eggs and escort the baby turtles toward the sea and safety. Despite the unusual locale and the important ecological message, this novel suffers from several shortcomings. The characterizations are weak, and the sisters' relationships are not clearly explained. Thus, readers will not grasp early on that Esther has a different father from her sisters, a fact that influences her relationship with the fisherman. The native terms scattered throughout add a distinct Caribbean touch, but are never defined fully; facts on sea turtles are presented in a contrived way (the girls read from an encyclopedia). Two excellent nonfiction titles, George Ancona's Turtle Watch (Macmillan, 1987) and Jack Denton Scott's Loggerhead Turtle (Putnam, 1974; o.p.) both reveal the plight of sea turtles and the efforts to protect them. --Barbara B. Murphy, Shaler Area School District Libraries, Pittsburgh
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

In her first book, Powell perceptively addresses the issue of the preservation of endangered species. Set on a picturesque Caribbean island, the tale opens with three sisters witnessing a leatherback turtle laying her eggs on the beach beneath "the bright spun silver of the moon." During the weeks that follow, the girls guard the eggs, shielding them from their many predators. Colorful language at once crisp and fervid captures the beauty and magic of the moments when the eggs are first laid and when they finally hatch, inspiring in readers an appreciation for the wonders of nature. The Caribbean landscape and lifestyle are depicted in striking, vibrant imagery. Though the characters in this story have not been thoroughly fleshed out, their diversity in age, personality and circumstance compensates. Powell dexterously conveys the message that children as well as adults can play an important role in the protection of animals. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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