Debby Freeman

Book - 2017

Presents a basic introduction to the reptile's development, discussing how an embryo grows into a hatchling and then into an adult turtle.

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Little bits! First readers.
See them grow.
New York, New York : Bearport Publishing [2017]
Physical Description
24 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Debby Freeman (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

While some young readers may be familiar with the life cycle of sea turtles, this volume in the See Them Grow series focuses instead on the birth and growth of pond-dwelling painted turtles. They may not make the same treacherous journey to the ocean as their sea-dwelling cousins, but growing up is a plenty complicated process for painted turtles, too. In concise language, this book explains the pregnancy and egg-laying process of a female turtle, the development of turtle embryos, and the challenges that face the baby turtles once they hatch. Sidebars list additional interesting facts, and detailed photos of a growing embryo are especially fascinating. For readers hooked by the glossy photos of these reptiles, a short list of additional reading sources is provided in the back matter. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 3—Well-designed introductions to animal development that pair simple text with clear photographs. The sequences showing embryo development in Chicken and Turtle are particularly effective. Close-up photos sometimes span an entire spread and will hold the attention of listeners, who can view and discuss the information in small read-aloud groups. Butterfly is marred by a confusing statement about migration that suggests a single monarch travels north in summer and south in winter, oversimplifying the complex cycle. A picture glossary also includes pronunciation. VERDICT Despite the misstep noted above, most volumes are first-rate picks. Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A painted turtle warms its body on a rock. It was once a tiny embryo inside an egg. So how did it develop? Beginning readers will discover how an egg grows into a turtle in this basic introduction to animal development. Each 24-page book features controlled text with age-appropriate vocabulary and simple sentence construction. The clear text, fresh design, and colorful, eye-catching photos are sure to capture the interest of emergent readers.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Presents a basic introduction to the reptile's development, discussing how an embryo grows into a hatchling and then into an adult turtle.