Turtles In My Sandbox
Imagine finding turtle eggs in your sandbox! When a mother diamondback terrapin lays eggs in a young girl's sandbox, the girl becomes a "turtle-sitter" to help the babies safely hatch. She raises the teeny hatchlings until they become big enough to fend for themselves in the wild. Then, with the help of experts, she releases them. Along the way, she learns about these unique animals and that she has made an important contribution to their survival. The "For Creative Minds" section includes terrapin fun facts and a turtle habitat craft.

Written by Jennifer Keats Curtis
Illustrated by Emanuel (Manny) Schongut

32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 6-10, Grades 1-5
Lexile: AD 770, AR: 4.0, RC: 4.3, F&P: M
Hardcover 9780976882374 $16.95  
Paperback 9781607188728 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628553659 $9.95  
EBook 9781607182597 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628550900 $6.95  
Keywords:   behavioral adaptation, diamondback terrapins, life cycle, helping animals, life science, environmental education, adaptations, map, life cycle sequencing, craft
Animals in the book:   terrapin
Vetters:   Thanks to Jeff Popp, of the Terrapin Institute; Willem M. Roosenburg, Department of Biological Sciences at Ohio University and Joseph A. Butler, Department of Biology at the University of North Florida, co-chairs of the Diamondback Terrapin Working Group; and to Mary B. Hollinger, Oceanographer at NOAA for reviewing the accuracy of this book.

"A plethora of facts are scattered in the text. The author has used a nice technique to insert non-fiction terms into the tale while still presenting a good story...This book is a must have for classrooms with children ages 4 to 8 and may be stretched to ages 9 and 10 when introduced in science lessons." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

"This beautiful full color picture book was a pleasure to read to my three little inquisitive minds. Turtles in my Sandbox by Jennifer Keats Curtis comes highly recommended." - Picket News

"Schongut's detailed watercolors perfectly support the text, showing readers not just up-close views of the turtles, but also their aquarium habitat and the food they eat in the wild. Sure to spark an interest in these amazing creatures and to increase participation in Maryland's turtle project." - Kirkus Reviews

Author/Illustrator Info:

Award-winning nature author Jennifer Keats Curtis is frequently found among students and teachers, talking about literacy and conservation. In addition to After A While Crocodile: Alexa’s Diary, The Lucky Litter: Wolf Pups Rescued from Wildfire, the Animal Helpers series, Baby Owl’s Rescue, Kali’s Story (Children’s Choice Book Award 2015), Salamander Season, Primate School, and Turtles In My Sandbox for Arbordale, some of Jennifer’s other recent titles include Seahorses, Squirrel Rescue and Trudy the Tree Frog. She lives in Maryland with her family and a wide variety of pets. Visit her website at www.jenniferkeatscurtis.com.

Emanuel (Manny) Schongut (Christmas Eve Blizzard and Turtles in my Sandbox) is a prolific, multi-faceted freelance illustrator who works in children's books, book covers, textbook illustration, editorial art, posters, and advertising art - essentially he does it all!. Some of his numerous clients include Masterpiece and Mystery Theater, Public Television, New York Magazine, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. His cover art and/or illustrations grace books from a wide variety of book publishers including Harper & Row, MacMillan, Doubleday, Morrow, Green Willow Books, and now Arbordale. In addition to his own artwork, Manny taught reportorial art and figure drawing at Pratt Institute in New York for several years. He now illustrates and teaches in the San Francisco Bay area. Visit Manny's Website.


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