Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!

Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!

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By: April Pulley Sayre / Illustrated by: Annie Patterson

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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Author & Illustrator Bios:

April Pulley Sayre, author

April Pulley Sayre is the award-winning author of dozens of books, including MEET THE HOWLERS! and ONE IS A SNAIL, TEN IS A CRAB, an ALA Notable Book. She lives in South Bend, Indiana.

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Annie Patterson, illustrator

Before moving to Barrow, Alaska, Annie worked as a digital ink and paint artist for a leading children's CD-ROM game company. Whale Snow is her first illustrated children's book, written by Debby Dahl Edwardson. Annie is a freelance artist, working primarily in watercolor.

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Awards & Honors:

An NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 2011
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Book Award 2010
CCBC Choices 2011
NYSRA Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List (Primary grades) 2012
Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year 2011

Editorial Reviews:

School Library Journal

Dangers threaten the survival of sea turtles at every stage of their lives. In this newly illustrated version of a 2000 book of the same title, beautiful pictures in watercolor, gouache, and pastels illustrate many of these risky situations, and the narrative describes how people are working to minimize these threats. The title is repeated on many of the double-page descriptions: a new hatchling is attracted to the porch light--"Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! Small hands switch off the light," so that the baby turtle changes direction away from the house and toward the moonlight on the water. Other dangers are natural--the night herons and raccoons alert to the scrambling hatchlings, hungry fish awaiting the tiny babies tumbling in the currents. People's life-saving actions are described or shown, e.g., reaching out of a boat into the water to retrieve a plastic bag that could choke a feeding turtle. The illustrations are soft-toned but dramatically interpret such dangers as the looming cat on the beach, menacing sharks, and confining fishing nets. A two-page description of how people throughout the world are helping the seven endangered species of sea turtles survive and the thumbnail sketches of these species provide background. A good read-aloud or read-along choice for environmental awareness.

Fall Book Review, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

A mother sea turtle lays her eggs on the beach. The baby turtles face many dangers, but some survive to return to the beach and lay their own eggs years later. This informational book teaches young students about the many dangers that sea turtles face. Each danger is marked by the words "turtle, turtle, watch out!" The watercolor illustrations are soft, beautiful, and add to the story. The back of the book contains information about six species of sea turtles, as well as a list of ways to help conservation efforts. This is a great book to give young students an understanding of the dangers sea turtles face, as well as their life cycles and wildlife conservation.

This picture book follows the life of a little sea turtle from the time she hatches and leaves the nest on a Florida beach until she eventually returns to lay her own eggs. The turtle, with the help of some concerned humans, must not only survive the dangers of getting from her nest to the water but she has plenty of situations to avoid once she is swimming in the sea. This reissued book offers not only new illustrations but updated information on sea turtles and the conservation practices that are being used to save them.

Here's a wonderful way to heighten your child's awareness of endangered species while also reading about the life of a sea turtle. There are lots of great illustrations plus plenty of worthwhile information in this little book.


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-149-3

ISBN: 978-1-60734-193-2 EPUB
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Ages: 5-8
Page count: 32
10 x 10

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