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Title:
Turtle, turtle, watch out!
ISBN:
9781580891493
Publication Information:
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, 2010.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Reading Level:
AD 530 L Lexile
Summary:
From before the time she hatches until she returns to the same beach to lay eggs of her own, a sea turtle is helped to escape from danger many times by different human hands.
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"Humans offer a helping hand. Sea turtles face many dangers as they grow, eat, travel, and breed. In this dramatization of one female turtle's challenges, acclaimed nature writer April Pulley Sayre highlights the role that humans have in helping this endangered species. Previously published, this story has been re-illustrated by Annie Patterson. Information on sea turtle conservation efforts and the seven species of sea turtles is included."


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"Humans offer a helping hand. Sea turtles face many dangers as they grow, eat, travel, and breed. In this dramatization of one female turtle's challenges, acclaimed nature writer April Pulley Sayre highlights the role that humans have in helping this endangered species. Previously published, this story has been re-illustrated by Annie Patterson. Information on sea turtle conservation efforts and the seven species of sea turtles is included."


Reviews 4

Horn Book Review

Softly realistic pastel illustrations depict the many dangers--and helping hands--a young sea turtle encounters when hatching from her sandy nest, living in the ocean, and returning to her home beach to lay eggs. The labored titular refrain disrupts the otherwise melodic telling, which demonstrates that human assistance, however small, can make a difference in endangered speciesÆ survival. From HORN BOOK Spring 2001, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. A mother sea turtle lays her eggs in the Florida sand, then crawls back into the water. Raccoons begin to dig up the eggs, but a boy scares them off. He then sets off a protected area for them, complete with warning signs. Months later, the eggs hatch and the baby turtles head for the ocean. The story follows one baby turtle that survives, matures, and returns one night to the same Florida beach to lay her own eggs. "And some will make it, with a little luck, and fast-moving flippers, and the help of many hands." The concluding pages note the endangered status of sea turtles and suggest ways in which people, even children, can protect them from harm. Many animal books for young children end with an appended plea for people to protect an endangered species, but none has so memorably dramatized in the book itself how people can help animals in the wild. The simple, direct text reads aloud well, drawing readers into the turtles' story without anthropomorphism. Impressive pastel illustrations, including many dramatic double-page spreads, depict with power and beauty the turtles' world of sand and shore. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Sayre follows in the wake of a female loggerhead from her birth on a Florida beach to the day, many years later, when she returns to the same place to lay her own eggs. The simple text describes how the creature narrowly avoids many of the life-threatening dangers faced by maturing sea turtles in today's world. Often, caring humans assist her; for example, a young boy places mesh around a turtle nest to protect the eggs and a boater removes a plastic bag from the water before it can be mistaken for food. Eye-catching, realistic pastel paintings-most of them covering two pages-show sienna and gold sunsets and sunrises, the blue-green underwater realm, and detailed close-ups of the growing loggerhead and other sea creatures. Children will be drawn to the picture of a sea turtle surrounded by sharks on the cover, and to the catchy refrain, "Turtle, Turtle, watch out!" While books such as Brenda Guiberson's Into the Sea (Holt, 1995), Don Patton's Sea Turtles (Child's World, 1995), and Gail Gibbons's Sea Turtles (Holiday, 1995) stress the negative impact of human interference on the sea turtle's survival, Sayre also emphasizes the results of positive actions. Even libraries that already own those titles will want to add this one to their collections.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

Considering the dangers a sea turtle faces, its life would be a “short story, or no story at all” without helping hands, according to this compelling narrative. Here that help begins before a little loggerhead even gets off the beach, as a child chases away marauding raccoons, places a wire cage over the buried clutch of turtle eggs, and later turns off a house light to prevent the new hatchling from crawling inland. The hazards don’t end there, as the young turtle still faces not only natural predators, but also entangling fish nets and floating plastic bags that look like edible jellyfish. With each danger comes the refrain, “Turtle, Turtle Watch Out!,” inviting listeners to take part in the story. Using a palette dominated by deep blues and greens, Christiansen creates spread-filling, dimly lit ocean scenes, viewing the turtle (generally head on) as she plugs along, feeding, growing, narrowly escaping one risk after another, returning at last to the beach where she hatched to lay eggs of her own. Sea turtles are a popular picture book topic, but the emphasis on protective measures and practices gives this an unusual slant. The afterword includes a conservation organization’s address and information about how ordinary citizens are helping sea turtles survive. (Picture book. 6-8)