This latest title in the All Aboard Science Reader series tackles a terrific topic-TURTLES! Did you know that some turtles are tiny (only a few inches long), but others are as big as a car? Sea turtles, land turtles, even pet turtles-they all come out of their shells in this book.
Illustrated by Pedro Julio Gonzalez.
Sea turtles are amazing creaturesgraceful in the water as they glide along but clumsy on land where they come to lay their eggs. This story opens with a green turtle laying her eggs, which hatch after incubating about two months. Then it is a mad scramble to the sea and sadly only a few of the babies will make it. They are prey for other creatures. Huelin describes some of the general characteristics of sea and land turtleswhat they eat, how they protect themselves and also mentions that turtles can be pets. Readers also learn that some turtles live to be 30 or 40 years old and the Galapagos tortoises can reach 70 or 80 years in age. An entry in the "All Aboard Science Reader" seriesStation Stop 1. 2003, Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, Ages 4 to 7.