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One Tiny Turtle: Read and Wonder Paperback – June 14, 2005

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From Publishers Weekly

Davies's (Bat Loves the Night) dramatic rendering of the life cycle of the Loggerhead turtle draws readers into the mysteries of this reclusive deep-sea creature, while Chapman's (The Emperor's Egg) aqua-tinted full-spread illustrations bring the ocean world to life in all its majestic beauty. Loggerhead swims alone in the vastness of the water, munches on crabs, floats over coral reefs and crawls with slow, heavy steps across the beach to lay her eggs. The text addresses readers directly, while seamlessly weaving facts into the story: "For thirty years you might not find her./ Then one summer night she arrives,/ on the beach where she was born." Additional details deliberately placed outside the story in a smaller font and wavy typeset may confuse youngsters at first, but overall, the informative text flows with poetic grace: "Just beneath the surface/ is a tangle of weed and driftwood/ where tiny creatures cling./ This is the nursery of a sea turtle." Aspiring scientists may also wonder how the newborn turtles find their way from the shore to these "nurseries," but the author gives them much to mull over. By the time Loggerhead's hatchlings race for their lives across the beach, under threat of attack, readers will be emotionally invested in their plight--a sure sign of the accomplished storytelling. Ages 5-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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K-Gr 2-This nicely developed picture-book introduction to the loggerhead turtle sketches the life experiences of a typical female through text and broad acrylic views. The author exhibits a flair for alliteration and imagery in her descriptive narrative about this sea animal: "Just beneath the surface is a tangle of weed and driftwood where tiny creatures cling. This is the nursery of a sea turtle." Several pages follow the creature's early period and departure for the larger sea, and then the years of growth and travel are skimmed until her eventual return to the beach of her birth to lay her own eggs. On many pages curving lines of smaller type add bits of explanation, augmenting the story line. The double-spread paintings, occasionally alternating with smaller pictures set on aqua pages, focus on the turtle, with a few water plants suggesting underwater detail. A fine bed of blue crabs on which the turtle feasts is the only view of other animals sharing the ocean habitat until a concluding beach scenario where gulls and crabs threaten the newly hatched turtles who are starting the cycle anew. A very brief introduction identifies this turtle as a loggerhead. Gail Gibbons's Sea Turtles (Holiday, 1995) and Brenda Guiberson's Into the Sea (Holt, l995) offer young readers more information on this interesting animal. Broadly sketched in good language and pictures for read-aloud sharing, Davies's title will be enjoyed as a glimpse into the ways of the remarkable giant sea turtles.

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Series: Read and Wonder
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (June 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763623113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763623111
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
This interesting book explains to children the basic life cycle of a loggerhead sea turtle. The book opens with a brief introduction explaining that a sea turtle is related to tortoises and terrapins, but they are different types of animals. After the one-page introduction, the actual story begins. We follow the life cycle of a sea turtle called Loggerhead from the time she is a small turtle living and hiding in sea weeds and drift wood to the time Loggerhead swims to the mating beaches to mate and lay her eggs. The last pages of the book include a brief index that can help teach children what an index is and how to use it. ONE TINY TURTLE is a great reading science book for young children. It's very factual and realistic in displaying and describing what we know of the life of a sea turtle (for instance, after the eggs are hatched, it makes it clear that only a few baby turtles ever make it to the ocean and the rest are eaten by crabs and birds). Highly recommended, especially for anyone who likes turtles.
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There is so much information packed into this work that it is difficult to imagine how the author and illustrator pulled it off. This is the story of the life cycle of the loggerhead turtle. The illustrations are beautiful and actually quite accurate. The text is simple and very, very well done. It follows the illustrations perfectly and is just overflowing with good information. This book, while great for kids to read on their own (this is one of the more used books in our school library), it is also great to read to the class as a whole as it never fails to bring on good questions and good discussions (better know your turtles when faces with a bunch of third graders).
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I looked up the word "lyrical" to make sure I was using it correctly in my alliterative title. One of the definitions conveyed exactly what I was going for: expressing deep emotion. Davies has somehow taken a simple children's book, brimming with facts and details of the lifecycle of a loggerhead turtle, and turned it into an emotion filled, heart-tugging inspirational story.

Instead of a baby talk primer, this book inspires true literacy with verses like:

"Floating in the sea she weighs nothing, but on land she's heavier than a man. So every flipper step is a struggle, and her eyes stream with salty tears, which help keep them free of sand." WOW - What a beautiful way to convey information.
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A Kid's Review on October 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I like this story because it tells me a lot about loggerhead turtles. My favorite part about the story is the interesting fact that turtles cry. I never knew that! Turtles lay one to ten eggs, but at least five live. I learned that. They lay their eggs at night. I like this book because it is a wonderful story about turtles and I think everyone should read it.
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Working with struggling third grade readers is a constant challenge. I look for interesting, easy books to teach reading skills. This is a favorite book to use to teach Text Features and Sequential Order. I show a video clip of turtles hatching and going to the sea at the end. Reading and writing take on new meaning with this lovely and informative book. Students in fifth grade still fondly remember reading and studying this gem.
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By Suzanne on September 13, 2015
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We live near the beach and took our 4 year old daughter to a turtle excavation on the beach. She was fascinated with turtles and asked so many questions that we could not answer. This book is PERFECT for educating young children (and adults as well!!) about turtle life. The story is sweet and the illustrations are great. My daughter asks us to read this OVER and OVER again and we enjoy it as much as she does!
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I bought this book as a part of a homeschool curriculum (organic homeschooling) and was so pleased when it arrived. The illustrations are exquisite, the language is lyrical and flowing, and the information contained is so wonderfully interesting. My 2-10yo sat transfixed as I read it to them. Then they went off to draw turtles and lament about all the nasty birds eating the babies :) I'll definitely be buying more book from this series.
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A Kid's Review on May 20, 2011
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One Tiny Turtle is about a little Loggerhead Turtle that started as a baby and then became an adult. I like this book because he started as a little baby and then he grew up. This book is a little funny. If you like turtles or reptiles you should read this book!
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