A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the story (although sometimes oversimplified) creates suspense and concern about Little Turtle's fate.
What's the story?
Come Little Turtle, sang the Sea. "Come little Turtle, come home to me." The sea calls the newly hatched turtle past many dangers to relative safety in the sea. Children will relate to Little Turtle and cheer him on in his journey. Realistic illustrations enhance the appeal of this simple story, giving a taste of nature to the reader.
Is it any good?
Parents and children will enjoy following Little Turtle's journey in this fun read-aloud. Each page contains one or two sentences, so young ones won't have to wait long to turn the page and find out what happens to Little Turtle next. This is a good introduction to the dangers of nature; it does so without showing any real injury to Little Turtle.
The author has taken some liberties with scientific information. The most noticeable is the turtle's ability to outrun a crab. The author also gives the impression that once the turtle reaches the sea he will be safe, but there are many dangers in the sea as well. Norma Burgin's realistic acrylics have an Andrew Wyeth-like sense of detail, especially present in the scene of the newly hatched turtle bursting from the sand.