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One of the latest in the Laugh-Along Lessons series, Score One for the Sloths gives young readers a new take on the value of education.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st American ed edition (August 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374378886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374378882
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3. The setting?a protected beach in Japan, washed by warm coastal waters?is the most important element of this book. In the bay, Taro dives and boats with his elderly friend, Jiro-San. Taro's sister thinks Jiro-San is eccentric because he sweeps the beach, but Taro comes to understand that the man is preparing for the arrival of mysterious friends. With Jiro-San as their guide, the children watch as the guests arrive at last. Sea turtles come from the ocean to lay their eggs on the beach, and eight weeks later the children return to see the baby turtles hatch. Realistic drawings suffused with gold, blue, or lavender depict the changing moods of the sea and its varied inhabitants, from starfish to whales. An endnote offers relevant facts about sea turtles. Endpapers showing shells scattered in the sand set the tone for this evocative, gentle book that celebrates life on the shore with events and language very young children can appreciate.?Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Outlined in the tranquil telling of a friendship between a young boy and a seemingly odd man who proves to be ``old and wise, and full of wonderful secrets'' is a beguiling look at the breeding process of Japanese sea turtles, who lay their eggs on land yet live in the ocean. Jiro-San is often seen sweeping the glass and rubbish from the beach and listening to the wind, in preparation for the return of his ``old friends.'' Taro and his reluctant sister join in and help, without knowing why. The secret is revealed in the form of a band of mother turtles, who lay their leathery eggs in holes in the sand; weeks later, Jiro-San and the two children witness the nocturnal emergence of hundreds of baby sea turtles scuttling seawarda mild lesson in the life cycle of the loggerhead, close cousin to the more familiar land turtles. Hushed, lavender-hued pictures befit the tone of the understated story; mottled backgrounds cast a quiet spell, as does the sagacious old man who appears to understand more than just turtles. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully illustrated story of "Jiro-San," the supposedly "strange" older man who sweeps the beach, listens to birds, and waits mysteriously for something from the sea. Taro thinks Jiro-San is "old and wise," but his sister Yuko considers him "weird." Jiro-san enlists the boy's help in sweeping the beach, and, for a moment, he wonders whether Taro was right about the "old" man. However, Jiro-San explains that his sea friends won't swim to this beach if they could get hurt on the scattered garbage.

Taro and Jiro-San explore the inner bay, and in a series of striking tonal illustrations (one is mostly purples, another blues, and yet rich with another browns and yellows), the two see many wonders: Dolphins, swordfish, and a whale.

"'Are they your old friends?' Taro asked."

"`They're friends,' said Jiro-San, `but not the old friends I meant. Maybe they will come tomorrow.'"

Finally, Yuko joins the man and Taro, and they see an approaching shape: "It was huge and bobbed up and down on the water like an enormous cork. At last, the children could see what it was-a turtle!" The next few pages show the huge turtle laying her eggs; eight weeks later, hundreds hatch from under the sand and crawl towards the beach. Yuko finally agrees with her brother that this is a wise man indeed-"full of wonderful secrets." A one-page afterward ("About Sea Turtles") explains the breeding of young loggerhead turtles, and the need for protecting them.

Although I enjoyed the book very much, especially Nilesh Mistry's vivid and imaginative pictures, I felt just a little disappointed at its conclusion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MomTwoBoys on December 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
Why is Jiro-San sweeping the beach?
My 8 year old son loves turtles and he loves this book. We enjoyed it together as a read-aloud and now he reads it over and over to himself. The pictures are breath-taking with rich colors and really bring the story to life. Mystery and wonder abound as a wise old man becomes friends with a boy and his sister.
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This is one of my favorite stories. I share it with children all the time. I read to groups on a regular basis. The book has a great message of acceptance and enviornment impact. Make children think about the discissions they are making and how they impact the world around them.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shelden Miller on August 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
The book arrived in great condition. Better than discribed. It took a lot longer than any other place I have used on amazon.
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Saviour Pirotta was born on the island of Malta but emigrated to the UK in his early twenties. He grew up speaking three langauges, English, Maltese and Italian.

Before taking up writing full time, he was a postman, a chef and a storyteller. His retellings of myths, legends and folk tales have been published around the world and translated into twenty three languages to date. He lives in Saltaire, West Yorkshire.

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