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Turtles (First Books--Animals) Library Binding – December, 1996

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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. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Series: First Books--Animals
  • Library Binding: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Watts (December 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531202208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531202203
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,006,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a child growing up in Brooklyn, I never imagined falling in love with a turtle lover from the Bronx who would fill our Manhattan apartment with hard-shelled creatures. This goes to show that life and love can be inexplicably weird, and, if you're lucky, also rather wonderful.

Nor could I anticipate that my husband, Allen, and I would work together (without filing for divorce) on articles for Ranger Rick, and on three books for the children's library market, including one on turtles. I've also written for magazines and worked as a direct response copywriter.

Today, Allen and I live in Queens, N.Y. with two cats and a paltry five turtles.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Format: Library Binding
This book was a joy to read, and is well worth the price. I've read hundreds of turtle books and, never have I seen such a well planned, informative, and pleasant book for children.
Chelonia are not easy animals to understand, however the author has done a fantastic job of making turtles and tortoises interesting animals, and, any child reading this book is certain to learn not only a wealth of information, but respect for these delicate (and often endangered) creatures. I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
Turtles is a timely makeover of the turtles-are-for-kids" genre of American books.. It is meant as a generalized presentation of the diversity of turtles inhabiting the globe as its rightful denizens. The targeted readership appears to be older children, from about sixth-grade reading proficiency and up. But no open-minded adult would dismiss the book as boring or childish. This is a no-nonsense book full of accurate information, in which possibly unfamiliar words such as ectotherm are first presented in italics. This presentation facilitates reference to the glossary on pp. 56-57. Metric equivalents are provided parenthetically throughout, in thoughtful testimony to the stubbornness of the United States not to relinquish its adherence to antiquated standards of measure. The anatomy, physiology, and some specific adaptations of chelonians are introduced succinctly, as well as a clarification of the semantic confusion over the terms turtle, tortoise, terrapin in a table on p.19. Also presented in tabular format are common North American freshwater species, an overview of seven tortoise species and of all seven marine turtles, and thumbnail sketches of five particularly endangered turtle species. The book is divided into five short chapters, the last an eloquent plea for conservation. The final pages of the book consist of a glossary, names and addresses of turtle conservation
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