Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!
by April Pulley Sayre
Illustrated by Annie Patterson
Published by Charlesbridge, 2010
“Late one night, on a beach in Florida, a baby turtle’s story begins. It could be a short story—or no story at all—if not for helping hands.” An engaging, informative picture book chronicles a sea turtle’s first twenty years of life, underscoring some of the threats to this endangered creature, as well as some of the ways people help protect it. April Pulley Sayre’s finely paced narrative, full of both quiet moments and drama, is perfect for reading aloud. The repeated refrain of “Turtle, turtle, watch out!” will have young listeners joining in on a story showcasing the important part humans play in the sea turtle’s survival, as well as a few of the turtle’s own survival skills. Detailed realistic illustrations give a sense of the turtle’s watery world. End matter includes “Helping Hands for Sea Turtles,” highlighting global efforts to save sea turtles, and “Sea Turtle Species” providing information on the seven types of sea turtle, all of which are endangered. (MS) ©2010 Cooperative Children’s Book Center