Gr. 3^-7. From the diminutive, three-inch eastern bog turtle to the one-ton leatherback sea turtle, this book describes physiological characteristics held in common and also the distinguishing features of the many turtle species. After an interesting introduction to the construction and role of a turtle's shell, the book discusses the reptiles' breathing techniques and their means of eating and reproducing. The text includes chapters devoted to freshwater turtles, tortoises (or land turtles), and sea turtles, with brief descriptions of individual species within each group. Dangers facing turtles today as well as advice on how readers can help these animals survive complete the coverage. Large, expertly shot photos help illuminate the concise, informative effort. Ellen Mandel
About the Author
Anita and Allen Salzberg have co-written three books for the children's library market, which includes Turtles, and have separately written for magazines, including OMNI and Health. Anita has also worked as a direct response copywriter and is now staff writer at a nonprofit organization. For the past ten years, Allen has published a free online newsletter devoted to reptiles and amphibians.
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