The Turtle Watchers

Pamela Powell, Author Viking Children's Books $13 (160p) ISBN 978-0-670-84294-0
In her first book, Powell perceptively addresses the issue of the preservation of endangered species. Set on a picturesque Caribbean island, the tale opens with three sisters witnessing a leatherback turtle laying her eggs on the beach beneath ``the bright spun silver of the moon.'' During the weeks that follow, the girls guard the eggs, shielding them from their many predators. Colorful language at once crisp and fervid captures the beauty and magic of the moments when the eggs are first laid and when they finally hatch, inspiring in readers an appreciation for the wonders of nature. The Caribbean landscape and lifestyle are depicted in striking, vibrant imagery. Though the characters in this story have not been thoroughly fleshed out, their diversity in age, personality and circumstance compensates. Powell dexterously conveys the message that children as well as adults can play an important role in the protection of animals. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/28/1992
Release date: 10/01/1992
Paperback - 128 pages - 978-0-14-037077-5
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