Sea Turtles by Mary M. Cerullo
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On a deserted tropical beach, a mysterious saucer-shaped being emerges from the ocean: It's a mother sea turtle lumbering up the beach to lay her eggs. Nearby, a group of hatchlings race toward the sea. These are some of the fascinating sea turtles we will meet in this exquisitely photographed book. Text and photographs help answer some questions that have been puzzling researchers for years: Do they migrate? Where do young sea turtles spend their early years? What can we do to help these creatures survive? This is a beautiful addition to children's nature books by the author and photographer of Sharks, of which The Horn Book said: "Full-color, close-up photographs . . . well-organized, well-written text."

About Mary M. Cerullo

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Mary M. Cerullo was once named Outstanding Marine Educator of the Year. Jeffrey L. Rotman is one of the best-known underwater photographers in the world.
Published May 26, 2003 by Dutton Juvenile. 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Photos cropped and dropped into the layout in a variety of boxes and bubbles offer no information on the size of creatures shown, so the reader is not sure whether the sea snake is larger than a moray eel, or whether a grouper is actually four times the size of a human diver.

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Worse, readers are told that “almost all the perils [a sea turtle faces] can be traced back to humans,” just after being told how turtles can drown on their own, and before being told how turtle hatchlings are eaten by natural predators before they reach the ocean.

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