Turtle in the Sea by Jim Arnosky

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A poignant story of a sea turtle mother who lays her eggs late one night, this is also a subtle story about how important it is for mothers to take care of themselves for their children's sake. Dramatic and perfect for beginning readers, this book tells of near misses with sharks, boats, storms and nets-all the things a turtle mother must battle in order to stay alive. The turtle mother will not stay to see her eggs hatch, because that is the turtle way. But by ensuring her own survival, she gives her children the gift of life.

About Jim Arnosky

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Jim Arnosky is well known for his "keen observations of nature and his fine artistic talent" (School Library Journal). He has written and illustrated many children's books. Otters Under Water was called "first-rate natural history for the youngest" by Kirkus Reviews (pointer review), and School Library Journal wrote that in it "each of his creatures exhibits a distinct individualism." Every Autumn Comes the Bear was called "vibrant, translucent and strikingly composed" by Publishers Weekly, and Booklist wrote "Arnosky's radiant pictures have a dazzling sense of pattern and composition . . . and a sense of mystery. A beautiful, imaginative, and informative approach." School Library Journal said of Rabbits & Raindrops, "Perfect for story-time or lap-time reading, this book will give children a feeling of security and contentment." Jim Arnosky and his family live on a twenty-acre farm in Vermont. copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Published July 22, 2002 by Putnam. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The reader will see the hatchlings crawl to the sea, but the mother will not: “That is the turtle way.” Throughout, readers will marvel over Arnosky’s characteristic watercolor paintings, which truly bring nature to life.

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It is time for her to dig a hole in the sand and bury her soft white turtle eggs."" Rhythmic text is paired with pastel-hued watercolors in Turtle in the Sea by Jim Arnosky, the author illustrator's latest look at the wonders of nature.

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