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Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! Library Binding – September 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 240L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (NY); 1ST edition (September 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531302857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531302859
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,212,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 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
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

More About the Author

April Pulley Sayre loves the sounds of animals and the sounds of words. She is an award-winning author of over 55 natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. Her picture book VULTURE VIEW, illustrated by Steve Jenkins, received the Theodor "Seuss" Geisel Honor from the American Library Association. STARS BENEATH YOUR BED: the Surprising Story of Dust, received the AAAS/SB&F/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books and was named an ALA Notable. ONE IS SNAIL, TEN IS A CRAB was an ALA Notable and received Britain's highest literacy award. THE BUMBLEBEE QUEEN marked her third win of the John Burroughs Award. Sayre and her husband Jeff have followed lemurs in Madagascar, pursued army ants in Panama, and eaten piranha in the Peruvian Amazon. Mostly, though, they garden for wildlife and munch blueberries at their home in the Midwest.

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Very nice illustrations.
Beverly
The Loggerhead turtle...the world's most-studied and best-known sea-turtle, also endangered.
Judy Potter
Borrowed from library had to buy one.
Julia S Starbuck

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My hardback copy of Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! arrived this week and I'm delighted with it. It is a charming and educational book, and so beautifully illustrated! As a volunteer for Gulf Islands National Seashore, I patrol the beach at dawn for sea turtle nests from May through September and nest-sit at night from July through October when hatchlings emerge. I appreciate the way Ms. Sayre shows the challenges these endangered species face in order to survive - and also how she tells a bit about each species at the back of the book.

The illustrations by Annie Patterson are luminous indeed and perfectly capture the glow of the moon on the water and beach at night as we patiently wait for a nest of hatchlings to come boiling out of the sand and then strive to protect them on their march to the sea. Through her illustrations you may be able to see in part how we become so passionate about our conservation efforts with sea turtles.

I just love this book and think that adults and children alike will be captivated by Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy Potter on February 16, 2010
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The beautiful colors and the incredible detail of this book will have you noticing something different each time you look at a page. The story is an important one about an important topic. The Loggerhead turtle...the world's most-studied and best-known sea-turtle, also endangered. The illustrator of this book brings it all to life with the magic of her palette and her eye for detail. I have a collection of children's books and this one goes at the top of my collection... for all ages.
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By Julia S Starbuck on June 1, 2013
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Borrowed from library had to buy one. expensive but i don't care, good to teach kids about sea turtles. Second grade reading level.
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By marie lindsay on December 24, 2012
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The illustrations in this children's book are gorgeous! Each worthy of framing. In addition to wonderful illustrations, the story is well written and informative.
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