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ONE TINY TURTLE by Nicola Davies


by Nicola Davies & illustrated by Jane Chapman

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-7636-1549-8
Publisher: Candlewick

This beautifully designed story of a loggerhead sea turtle uses an oversized format and glorious acrylic paintings for a work that is both entertaining and informative. Davies (Bat Loves the Night, p. 1120, etc.) focuses on one female turtle called Loggerhead, recounting her life from infancy through her own eggs hatching 30 years later on the same beach where Loggerhead was born. In an inspired design device, the main story is told with large type set against the turquoise blue of the ocean or the soft beige of the beach, and additional relevant facts are included in a smaller typeface set in blocks of wavy lines that are smoothly incorporated into many spreads. Through this device, an adult reader can focus on just Loggerhead’s individual story (saving the additional facts for later), or pause during the story to include the deeper explanations of sea turtle biology and behavior. Chapman’s (One Duck Stuck, not reviewed, etc.) exquisite paintings bring Loggerhead’s world to life, with full-bleed spreads of the big, blue ocean and groups of smaller illustrations framed in soft green. The baby sea turtle on the cover looks as though she might crawl right off the cover and into your hand, and it’s hard to imagine a more appealing sea creature. Recommended for school- and public-library collections. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)