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"Galapagos" Means "Tortoises" Paperback – Illustrated, May 21, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books For Children; 1 edition (May 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578051010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578051014
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 3-5-Heller's facility with words and her capable artistry have given her a special niche in creating picture-book presentations of nonfiction subjects. In this title, giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies lead a parade of animals of the Gal pagos Islands. Fluid rhymes that describe the bodies and behavior of these creatures as well as iguanas, seals, flamingos, and other birds accompany realistic paintings that fill single pages or spill across the double-page spreads. The well-designed book features front and back endpapers with a map and a handsome assemblage of the wildlife. The contents page appears at the end of the book and faces an author's note outlining the rise and fall of the tortoise population. The fluent play with words, humorous commentary, and fine pictures offer pleasing fare for reading aloud, and the book is versatile in its possibilities for personal enjoyment or classroom teaching about poetry, unusual animals, or the Gal pagos Islands.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Galapagos Means "Tortoises" (Gibbs Smith, $ 6.95, ages 5 to 9) Written in partnership with Sierra Club Books for Children, here is a rhyming story that highlights the creatures of the archipelago. Detailed illustrations bring flamingos, sea lions and blue-footed boobies to life. A gem, now re-released in paperback. (Jennifer Okamoto Dallas Morning News 2003-08-27)

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"Writing and illustrating my own books have given me the opportunity to choose subjects of interest to me."--Ruth HellerAfter receiving a fine arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and completing two years of graduate work in design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Ruth Heller began her career designing wrapping paper, cocktail napkins, greeting cards, and coloring books. After five years of rejection and one complete revision, Heller's first book, Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, about egg-laying animals, was published in 1981. It was so successful that the sequel, and second book to be published, Animals Born Alive And Well (1982), about mammals, quickly followed. In 1983 and 1984, her third and fourth titles, The Reason For A Flower (about plants that have seeds and flowers) and Plants That Never Ever Bloom (about plants that do not) were published.She then began work on a collection of six books, the How To Hide series on camouflage and the magic of this phenomenon in nature, which covered the entire animal kingdom -- insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and sea creatures. The next collection of books became a five-volume series on parts of speech: A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns; Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs; Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives; Merry-Go- Round: A Book About Nouns; and Up, Up and Away: A Book About Adverbs. She also wrote and illustrated the unique and fascinating book Color, a charming and instructive guide to how art goes through the four color printing process.Among the notable people who have had an influence on Heller's writing have been: Ogden Nash, Gilbert and Sullivan, Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc, and Dr. Seuss. Heller says of her work, "All my books are nonfiction picture books in rhyme. I find writing in rhyme enjoyable and challenging, and I think it is an easy way for children to learn new facts and acquire a sophisticated vocabulary. Children are not intimidated by big words. I try to make my writing succinct and allow the illustrations to convey as much information as possible."On October 31, 1995, Grosset & Dunlap continues Heller's parts-of-speech books with the publication of Behind the Mask: A Book About Prepositions, a clever, thoughtful, eye-pleasing explanation of just how prepositions tell us about the "when" and "where" of things.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on November 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Galapagos Means "Tortoises" is a captivating collection of poems devoted to the animals found on the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. There are well-written, accessible poems describing the characteristics of giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, iguanas, crabs, sea lions, flamingos, and Darwin's famous finches. These are all illustrated with wonderfully engaging pictures that present a close-up view of each animal.

This excellent read-aloud is both informational and entertaining, making it a good choice for introducing an elementary audience to both naturalistic study and poetry appreciation.
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By Sarah Brann on June 14, 2014
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I used this book for a school performance. I teach first grade and every year our school has an International Fair Day where each classroom turns their room into a country of their choosing, and then puts on a presentation. We put on the presentation a few times for the other classes and then once to all of our parents. I had the poems in the book assigned to my different students and it couldn't have been any cuter!!

My family visited the Galapahos Island in 2012 and these poems really do the magnificent animals justice!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josephine Pino on July 29, 2013
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If it were actually available. I ordered this two months ago and just yesterday learned that it was unavailable. I thought I'd look for something similar and noticed this one is still listed!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Cuddeback on January 9, 2007
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Mini term theme was South America. The kids enjoyed this book. Perfect for our theme.
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