Title: Sea Turtles Author: Gail Gibbons Illustrator: Gail Gibbons Publisher: New York; Holiday House
Genre: Information Book Level: Beginner Number of pages: 29 Pub. Date: 1995
This book tells all about the different types of sea turtle. It talks about the different parts of the sea turtle. Then it talks about types of sea turtles. Finally it talks about how the sea turtle reproduces.
This book uses diagrams to help show the different parts of the sea turtle it’s talking about. This helps the reader to learn more then it would by his or herself. Unlike some of the other books I’ve read, this book doesn’t have an index or a table of contents but because the book only covers one topic I think that is okay. Overall this book is accurate and very informative.
I learned some facts about sea turtles form this book. For one, I didn’t realize that sea turtles couldn’t retract their bodies into their shells. I also didn’t realize there were so many different kinds of sea turtle. I had always assumed that the sea turtle was a subset of the normal turtle and there was one type. Now I know there are eight types of sea turtle. Additionally, I learned that the leatherback sea turtle has a soft shell, which I thought was really interesting.
Before: Students will talk about what they already know about sea turtles. This will help to expose myths they have about sea turtles.