Turtle Summer: A Journal for my Daughter Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-20 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 33 user ratings

" Great connectionso sweet to see the connection between book and journal. I never tire of reading about the beautiful South Carolina Low Country! " said.

" cute little addition to Swimming lessons. " said.

" This is not a novel. Just some pretty pictures and a few words about sea turtles. " said.

"A companion book to the author's earlier Swimming Lessons, this short book chronicles a season spent by a mother and her daughter at the beach. While the daughter picks up seashells for her mother, the author spends time observing and caring for sea turtles and their hatchlings. Clearly, both family members love the turtles, and the photographs show how large the mother turtles are and how small and helpless the little ones. The book is filled with astute observations about turtles as well as cautions about how lights from houses along the beach or even flashlights can disorient them when they are heading to see. It's amazing how such a little thing can make all the difference in the world, and it's inspiring to read about how one mother passes on her own passion for turtles to her daughter. While I might have liked to have had more text, young readers and their teachers will surely relish this fascinating book, primarily for those fantastic photographs. " said.

"This is the journal Toy wrote for Little Lovie (characters in The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe.)
Lovie said, "to not merely know nature, but also feel nature."
This is also a companion to Swimming Lessons by Mary Alice Monroe.

An excellent read with kids before heading to the beach and learn the magic of the turtles.

Interesting facts:
*In May, Loggerhead turtles return to the island to lay their eggs. In July, first nests begin to hatch.
In August, Turtle Teams do a nest inventory. 3 days after hatchlings emerge, they record the number of hatched and unhatched eggs.
*Turtle tracks look like tire tracks.
*Turtle eggs look like ping pong balls. After nests are laid, 55-65 days for eggs to hatch.
*When the hatchlings merge out from a nest in mass, it's a "boil" like a pot boiling over.
*If Turtle team has to move a nest, they use a large cockle shell to dig a new nest.
*After 30 years, the adult female turtle will return to the same area they hatched to lay their eggs. From 3 inches to over 3 feet, and up to 350lbs.
*On average, a loggerhead lays 4 nests a summer about 2 weeks apart. She lays between 80-150 eggs in each nest. She lays nests every 2-3 years.
*Tip: if you play in the sand, smooth it out before you leave. Turtles or hatchlings might have a hard time going around big holes and sand castles.

*Kiawah shells I get yearly are: whelk, cockle, clam, & I see molted horseshoe crab shells (huge)
" said.

" This would be a wonderful book if one lives there where the loggerheads come in on the beach to lay their eggs to share the adventure with your child. I appreciated the pictures. " said.

" Such a beautiful book. I bought this books for my grandson who adores turtles. He's still a little young (three years old) to understand everything in the book, but he loves looking at the photographs of the turtles and the eggs. He understands a little bit more each someone reads him the book. " said.

" Great connectionso sweet to see the connection between book and journal. I never tire of reading about the beautiful South Carolina Low Country! " said.

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