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TURTLE, TURTLE, WATCH OUT!

Author: April Pulley Sayre

Illustrator: Annie Patterson

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Publisher: Charlesbridge,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Follow a little sea turtle from the time she hatches until she again returns to the beach to lay her own eggs. Reissued with new illustrations and updated material on conservation efforts, the book also stresses the role humans can play in helping these endangered turtles survive and the types of dangers they encounter on land and in the sea. This is a picture book story about the cycle of life for a sea turtle, conservation, and ecology.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Reading Level: 2.5

Age of Child: An elementary school librarian shared it with her second-grade students.

Young Reader Reaction: The kids loved the book, and some of them came over to immediately check it out.

Adult Reader Reaction: I thought the information was solid, the art nicely done and the message about how human's can help endangered species survive was excellent.

Pros: Both entertaining and informative, this is a book youngsters interested in the environment and sea will love.

Cons: None

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book I would buy ... especially in a paperback edition.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GONE FISHING: OCEAN LIFE BY THE NUMBERS   IF A DOLPHIN WERE A FISH   AND STILL THE TURTLE WATCHED

Educational Themes: This is a book with lots of layers. It is fun to enjoy as a story, or you can dig deeper to talk about marine life, endangered species, animal habitat and life cycles, and scientific research.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, nature, ecology

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2010

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