TURTLES IN MY SANDBOX by Jennifer Keats Curtis


Age Range: 6 - 10
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When a diamondback terrapin mistakes Maggie’s sandbox for the nearby beach, Maggie is treated to nine months of caring for and watching the eggs and young hatchlings. With some guidance from the Turtle Lady, Maggie becomes a turtle sitter, giving the baby turtles a head start and increasing their chances of survival in the wild, where their counterparts are hibernating. Through Maggie’s very observant eyes, readers will get to know the turtles individually as they hatch, feed and spend the winter in the habitat she has created for them. On the first day of summer, wildlife experts tag the babies and Maggie lets them go. Schongut’s detailed watercolors perfectly support the text, showing readers not just up-close views of the turtles, but also their aquarium habitat and the food they eat in the wild. A reproducible section (also on the web) encourages teachers and wildlife educators to share fun facts and turtle crafts with children. Sure to spark an interest in these amazing creatures, and to increase participation in Maryland’s turtle project. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)

Pub Date: Nov. 10th, 2006
ISBN: 0-9768823-7-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Sylvan Dell
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2006


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