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Jacobs, Liza.
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Blackbirch Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
23 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
Describes the physical characteristics and habits of some of the more than 250 different kinds of turtles in the world.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 76555.
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QL666.C5 J34 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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These prehistoric reptiles come in an amazing variety of sizes and shapes.

Author Notes

Tanya Lee Stone studied English at Oberlin College and was an editor of children's nonfiction for many years. She also has a Masters Degree. She teaches writing at Champlain College. After many years as an editor. Tanya moved to Vermont and returned to writing. This award-winning author has written titles that include the young adult novel, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, Up Close: Ella Fitzgerald , picture books Elizabeth Leads the Way, Sandy's Circus, and Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? She has also written narrative nonfiction with her titles: Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream, and The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie. In 2014 her title, Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-These profusely illustrated introductions are organized in two-page sections, each covering a basic topic in one or more short blocks of bold text. Succinctly described are: major physical characteristics; some distinctive characteristics of particular groups, for example, short-horned grasshoppers; diets; hunting and/or feeding methods; defense mechanisms; some courtship and mating behavior; and life cycles. In most sections, from one to three snapshot-sized, color photos appear above or below the text, while others, of different sizes, are grouped on the page opposite. Some of the photos are arranged in a series depicting a natural process described in the text, such as molting. The books are well organized and clearly written, with scientific terms defined as they appear. However, none of the many species depicted are identified, either in captions or in the text. The quality of the photographs ranges from good to average. Some of the pictures in Turtles seem to have been taken from a distance; in a few, the reptiles are so small that they are hard to distinguish. Ann O. Squire's Crickets and Grasshoppers (Children's, 2003), Seymour Simon's Spiders (HarperCollins, 2003), and Melvin Berger's Look Out for Turtles! (HarperCollins, 1992) offer more detailed introductions. Still, students looking for quick overviews will find Jacobs's compact titles useful.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.