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"Galapagos" means "tortoises"
Heller, Ruth, 1924-2004.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Sierra Club Books for Children, 2000.
Physical Description:
41 pages ; 24 cm
Rhyming text and illustrations present the characteristics and behavior of animals found on the Galapagos Islands, including the giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, and land iguanas.

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Lackawanna Library QL345.G2 H45 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library QL345.G2 H45 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library QL345.G2 H45 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In verse that sings with lively cadences and rollicking rhymes, award-winning author and illustrator Ruth Heller has captured the spirit of 12 of the Galapagos' most unusual and fascinating creatures. Giant tortoises for which the islands were named, sea lions, land and marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, blue-footed boobies-all these creatures and more are lavishly explored in this one-of-a-kind wildlife volume.

Author Notes

Ruth Heller is well known for picture books with clever rhymes and bold illustrations. She has written more than 30 titles, including Chickens Aren't the Only Ones.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Heller's facility with words and her capable artistry have given her a special niche in creating picture-book presentations of nonfiction subjects. In this title, giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies lead a parade of animals of the Gal pagos Islands. Fluid rhymes that describe the bodies and behavior of these creatures as well as iguanas, seals, flamingos, and other birds accompany realistic paintings that fill single pages or spill across the double-page spreads. The well-designed book features front and back endpapers with a map and a handsome assemblage of the wildlife. The contents page appears at the end of the book and faces an author's note outlining the rise and fall of the tortoise population. The fluent play with words, humorous commentary, and fine pictures offer pleasing fare for reading aloud, and the book is versatile in its possibilities for personal enjoyment or classroom teaching about poetry, unusual animals, or the Gal pagos Islands.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



These islands of enchantmentare an archipelagoformed by the eruptionand the torrid lava flowof furious volcanosten million years ago. Now tortoises, iguanas, and boobies by the score,and animals you may have never seen before,live upon these islandssix hundred milesfrom shore. These islands calledGalapagosbelong to Ecuador. Excerpted from Galapagos Means Tortoises by Ruth Heller All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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