Published by Millbrook Press
Summary: A leatherback sea turtle tells of her journey from the time she hatches out of an egg until she reaches the water. Close-up photos show the turtle and her siblings as they emerge from their nest and race for the water. A Google search tells me that only one in 1,000 baby turtles make it to the sea, but happily we are spared seeing what happens to this turtle’s brothers and sisters. The last page shows a fully grown leatherback emerging from the waves: “Someday I will come back to this same beach. I will lay eggs of my own.” Includes a page of information on the sea turtle life cycle; how you can help sea turtles; a link to a YouTube video of Stephen Swinburne singing a song about sea turtles (which didn’t work, but I found it by searching on YouTube); and books and websites for additional research. 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Preschoolers will love the photos of turtles and enjoy learning about them from the simple text. The extra material at the end would make this a good research resource for primary grades.
Cons: This book is only available with a library binding, which costs $27.99 on Amazon and $21.99 on Follett.