LONESOME GEORGE THE GIANT TORTOISE by Francine Jacobs

LONESOME GEORGE THE GIANT TORTOISE

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Age Range: 7 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

Jacobs offers a story based on the true story of George, a giant land tortoise from Pinta Island in the Galapagos. George spends his day eating spiny cactus, snoozing to avoid the hot sun, and searching for a mate. Unfortunately, the island, once a haven for these slow-moving reptiles, has become overrun with wild goats that eat everything, stripping the island bare; George is the only remaining tortoise. Wardens come to shoot the goats and upon finding George, capture him, taking him to a preserve, where he becomes an instant celebrity. Zoos around the world continue to search for a female tortoise from Pinta. An afterword provides a capsule history of saddleback tortoises and an explanation of how people and alien animals destroy fragile habitats. The illustrator uses the double-page layout to good advantage and a soft-colored palette of green, gold, and tan to depict the austere island landscape. An appealing picture-book introduction to ecology—and an unusual animal. (Web sites) (Nonfiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-8027-8864-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Walker
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2003




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