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Watch and wonder as one tiny sea turtle grows and grows, before she heads back to the beach to become a mother herself. Curious young minds will love learning about turtles in this picture book combining story with information. Previously part of the acclaimed "Read and Wonder" series, this title has been re-launched in the "Nature Storybooks" series with a new look and accompanying CD with facts, songs, sound effects and story reading by actor Stephen Tompkinson.
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Nicola Davies is a zoologist and writer, who has also produced and presented radio and TV programmes, including The Really Wild Show. Her books for children include many acclaimed non-fiction titles such as Poo (9781844287512), Extreme Animals (9781406305593), Bat Loves the Night (9781406312744) and Ice Bear (9781406302059), as well as the novel Home (9780744559835). She lives in Devon. Jane Chapman, who does all her painting in her kitchen and has a 70-year-old tortoise (which is now a family heirloom!), is also the illustrator of the non-fiction bestseller The Emperor's Egg (9780744582215), winner of the 2000 TES Junior Information Book Award. She lives in Dorchester.From School Library Journal:
K-Gr 2-This nicely developed picture-book introduction to the loggerhead turtle sketches the life experiences of a typical female through text and broad acrylic views. The author exhibits a flair for alliteration and imagery in her descriptive narrative about this sea animal: "Just beneath the surface is a tangle of weed and driftwood where tiny creatures cling. This is the nursery of a sea turtle." Several pages follow the creature's early period and departure for the larger sea, and then the years of growth and travel are skimmed until her eventual return to the beach of her birth to lay her own eggs. On many pages curving lines of smaller type add bits of explanation, augmenting the story line. The double-spread paintings, occasionally alternating with smaller pictures set on aqua pages, focus on the turtle, with a few water plants suggesting underwater detail. A fine bed of blue crabs on which the turtle feasts is the only view of other animals sharing the ocean habitat until a concluding beach scenario where gulls and crabs threaten the newly hatched turtles who are starting the cycle anew. A very brief introduction identifies this turtle as a loggerhead. Gail Gibbons's Sea Turtles (Holiday, 1995) and Brenda Guiberson's Into the Sea (Holt, l995) offer young readers more information on this interesting animal. Broadly sketched in good language and pictures for read-aloud sharing, Davies's title will be enjoyed as a glimpse into the ways of the remarkable giant sea turtles.
Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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Book Description Walker Books Ltd, 2008. Condition: New. Jane Chapman (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1406311979