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Book Title: Into the Sea|
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The author of the book: Brenda Z. Guiberson
Edition: Square Fish
Date of issue: June 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780805064810
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 530 KB
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With a gently flowing text (and from a rhythmic consideration actually somewhat and pleasantly reminiscent of the movement of the tides, of ocean currents) Into the Sea (written by Brenda Z. Guiberson and illustrated by Alix Berenzy) traces the life of one sea turtle, from the time she hatches in a sandy beach nest, until she returns, after more than twenty long years in the ocean, to the very beach where she was originally hatched, to lay her own cache of eggs in the sand. Both informative and engaging, Guiberson's narrative presents not only the general life cycle of sea turtles, but also points out the many potential threats (both natural and man-made) these beautiful and gentle creatures often encounter and endure. And with this salient truth in mind, I really do much appreciate the fact that the author has chosen to present a balanced and realistic text, that while the dangers sea turtles experience from human activity, such as fishing, are of course and appreciatively prominently featured, it is also made more than clear that sea turtles, but especially newly hatched and very young sea turtles also face many threats from natural predators (sharks, crabs, barracudas etc.). Guiberson's narrative clearly, but always gently demonstrates that especially the lives of very young sea turtles are fraught with constant potential peril. From the hundreds of eggs a sea turtle lays in the sand, it is generally only very few hatchlings that manage to survive to one day return to lay their own eggs in the sand of their birth beach.
The excellent author's note is an added and appreciated bonus, much increasing both learning and and teaching value/potential of Into the Sea, as it thoroughly (but always gently and unobtrusively) introduces the concept of endangerment and extinction (for animal species in general, but of course specifically with regard to sea turtles). While sea turtles have always faced multiple natural perils (which has been abundantly demonstrated with and by Guiberson's narrative), human predation and even the inadvertent consequences of human activity (fishing, beach-combing, resorts and hotels built on or near nesting beaches) have now critically endangered many species. And although sea turtles and their eggs are today often protected by law, they still face threats from habitat loss, poaching and commercial fishing. I would consider Into the Sea appropriate and useful for both younger and older children. Although the text itself is dense in content and rather extensive even, it does read easily and smoothly enough and should therefore not really cause problems of comprehension for children above the age of four or five (especially if the book is being read to them or with them). The author's note at the back, however, is definitely a bit more involved and fact-heavy, a bit more advanced in scope, and thus perhaps more suitable for older readers (or older listeners).
Alix Berenzy's bold and vivid illustrations provide a successful and fitting complement to Guiberson's text, both enhancing and expanding the reading experience. In a classroom setting, I could easily imagine the illustrations (even without the text) being of use for teaching children about the various denizens of the ocean and the seaside (from the crabs on the beach to the sponges, moray eels, clown fish etc. that inhabit a coral reef). And the featured sea turtle is, of course, the absolute and undenied star of both narrative and illustrations, realistically and beautifully (even emotionally) depicted by Berenzy. Into the Sea combines both text and illustrations into a wonderful teaching and learning tool, a colourful and engaging story, but also an evocative and engaging account that will hopefully inspire children (and perhaps also their caregivers, their teachers) to help preserve the often fragile and easily destroyed, easily damaged natural beauty of the worlds' ocean ecosystems.
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Read information about the authorBrenda Z. Guiberson has written many books for children, including Cactus Hotel, Spoonbill Swamp, Moon Bear and Disasters. As a child, Brenda never thought she wanted to be a writer—her dreams tended more toward jungle explorer. She graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in English and Fine Art. She started thinking about writing for children when her son went to elementary school, and she volunteered in his class and in the school library. After taking exciting trips that involved a fifty-foot cactus, hungry alligators and sunset-colored spoonbills, she wanted to create books for children that would be like a field trip. Her books are full of well-researched detail, and Brenda sees this research as an adventure—one that allows her to be a jungle explorer at last. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
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