Turtle Tide by Stephen R. Swinburne
The Ways of Sea Turtles

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A mother turtle swims to shore. She digs a hole in a dune, where she lays one hundred eggs. Following her instinct, she covers the eggs with sand and slowly makes her way back to sea. What happens next, from eggs to hatchlings, is one of the most extraordinary occurrences in nature. The eggs provide food for other animals, and the eggs that survive produce hatchlings that, again, provide food for birds and crabs. Even those hatchlings that make it to the ocean face an uncertain future. Together, lyrical text and dramatic paintingsĀ give young readers an understanding of how turtles give birth and how the young fight for survival in this winner of the Maryland Blue Crab Young Readers' Award.
 

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Steve Swinburne's Ocean Soup (Charlesbridge, 2010), a book about the creatures that live in the Atlantic and Pacific tide pools, was inspired by a family vacation to Blue Hill, Maine where he visited the tide pools daily. Now the author of over 25 children's books, Steve continually receives praise for his educational yet interesting topics, as well as his ability to make these topics accessible to young readers.Born in London, Steve moved to New York City with his family when he was eight years old. He received a B.A. in Biology and English at Castleton State College in Vermont, and after a lifetime of various occupations--busboy, office worker, park ranger--Steve settled into writing and photographing children's books. Many of his photographs have appeared in an assortment of magazines such as Country Journal, Vermont Life, and Highlights for Children. Also, his book In Good Hands (Sierra Club Books, 1998) was honored with the John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers Award.Steve makes his home in South Londonderry, Vermont with his wife and two daughters.The youngest of six children, Mary Peterson grew up in an active household immersed in art. Mary decided to study fine art, receiving her BFA in studio painting from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. After college, she moved to Los Angeles.She is the illustrator of Ocean Soup, Wiggle and Waggle, Cat on Wheels (Boyd Mills) and No Time to Nap! (Heyday). She also co-created Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch with Jennifer Rofe.
 
Published April 1, 2005 by Boyds Mills Press. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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An Atlantic sea turtle struggles ashore to lay her eggs in the sand in this handsomely illustrated picture-book treatment.

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