Far, far out at sea lives one of the world's most mysterious creatures, the loggerhead turtle. For thirty years she swims the oceans, wandering thousands of miles as she searches for food. Then, one summer night, she lands on a beach to lay her eggs — the very same beach where she herself was born. Nicola Davies's lyrical text offers fascinating information about the journey of the tiny, endangered loggerhead, while charming paintings by Jane Chapman vividly illustrate one turtle's odyssey.
About the Author
Nicola Davies is an author and zoologist. She says the Arctic is the most extraordinary place she has ever been. Nicola wanted to capture its magic by writing about the two ultimate Arctic survivors, polar bears and the Inuit people. Nicola is also the author of Big Blue Whale, Surprising Sharks and Poo.
About the illustrator
Jane Chapman also loves sea turtles and has wanted to paint them for ages. Her other books for children include ONE DUCK STUCK by Phyllis Root and THE EMPEROR'S EGG by Martin Jenkins, a National Science Teachers Association - Children's Book Council Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children.
The text addresses readers directly, while seamlessly weaving facts into the story...By the time Loggerhead's hatchlings race for their lives across the beach, under threat of attack, readers will be emotionally invested in their pligh--a sure sign of the accomplished storytelling.
--Publishers Weekly Simple, lyrical words and bright, acrylic double-page pictures convery the astonishing facts about the Loggerhead sea turtle...without condescension, this tells a powerful nature story for a young audience.
This beautifully designed story of a loggerhead sea turtle uses an oversized format and glorious acrylic paintings for a work that is both entertaining and informative...Recommended for school and public library collections.
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.
--School Library Journal
Davies is in fine form with an informative narrative that is immediate and loving...until young listeners can paddle through the text on their own, expect calls for encore readings.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, The
This beautifully illustrated book follows a loggerhead turtle from her early years as a baby in the sea to when, as a full-grown sea turtle, she climbs up the beach to dig a nest and lay her eggs.
--Your Big Backyard, featured as "Book of the Month"
Series: Read and Wonder
For Ages: 6 - 7 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Number Of Pages: 28
Published: 14th June 2005
Publisher: Candlewick Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.04 x 22.86
Weight (kg): 0.16