Monday, February 23, 2015

Sea Turtle Picture Books

This school year we are studying science with Apologia's Young Explorer Zoology book, Swimming Creatures on the Fifth Day. The world of sea creatures has been an amazing study; I think I'm enjoying it as much or more than the children. I've had fun scouring the library shelves for some picture books to add to our study. Look for more book lists on ocean critters in the future.

Until our family studied sea turtles, I knew little about them. And in reality, no one knows much about these reptiles. Between their birth on a sandy beach and their return to that same beach to lay their eggs, sea turtles travel the ocean depths in the world's remotest places. 

Note: Some of these books did not glorify God as Creator (i.e. millions of years) but we still considered the books worthwhile.

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Turtle in the Sea by Jim Arnosky
A sea turtle faces many challenges before laying her eggs. This book, as well as Arnosky's other books, combine beautiful artwork with a simple narrative.



Turtle Bay by Savior Pirotta
Why is the old man is sweeping the beach with a broom? Two of his young friends discover his secret and help care for the loggerhead turtles who come to their Japanese island to nest. I like the way this books shows honor for the elderly.



One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies
We've enjoyed several of Davies' nature books. She combines the story of a loggerhead turtle with facts about turtles and lovely artwork to make a winning combination.



Interrupted Journey, Saving Endangered Sea Turtles by Kathryn Lasky
How does a Kemp's Ridley turtle, born in Mexico, end up stranded at Cape Cod, Massachusetts? Through story and photos, this book tells the story of the Kemp's Ridley turtles and the dedicated people who seek to help save them from extinction.



Into the Sea by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Another lovely picture book tells the story of a female sea turtle's life from hatching on the shore until she returns to lay her own eggs. The dangers she faces help us understand why these creatures have become endangered.

This is book is one of the Smithsonian Institution Collection and continues their tradition of factual information combined with a story and great artwork.

The Work of Thy Fingers by Pablo Yoder
Imagine taking a swim on a sea turtle's back or spending grueling hours in travel to see one of the world's rarest turtles. You probably won't find this book in your public library, but if you have a copy available, don't miss Pablo's adventures with sea turtles in the chapters on the Green Turtle and the Olive Ridley Turtle. Available from CLP.

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