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Geraghty, Paul, 1959-
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London : Hutchinson, [2000]

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30 unnumbered pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 28 cm
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Visually stunning, this book tells both an absorbing story of Tortuga and a gentle lesson in how wildlife species become established in new territories.

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Swept out to sea by a violent storm, a tortoise floats on a branch until the current lands her on a tropical island. Once on shore, Tortuga lays her eggs and tries to protect them from hungry sea birds. Exhausted and believing all of her offspring to be doomed, she leaves her nest to search for safety and a mate. Her new home is rich with lush vegetation and many different animal species, but no tortoises. After several adventures, including a frightening attack by monitor lizards, she returns to the beach where she first built her nest and is surprised and relieved to discover that several of her babies have survived after all. The youngsters grow, thrive, and breed, eventually making tortoises as common on the island as its other inhabitants. Geraghty's straightforward language keeps the story moving quickly, and the tortoise's exploits will hold children's interest. Alternating between gorgeous landscapes and detailed close-ups, the realistic artwork keeps pace with the text. Vibrant colors depict the flora and fauna of Tortuga's island, from a startling face-to-face image of a crab, to a plunging deep-green waterfall, to the colorful moss on a rock, to a spectacular sunset over the ocean. A good choice for animal lovers who long for an adventure in paradise.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.