Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hawaii's Green Sea Turtles

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday

Here at Teach Mentor Texts we are always looking for more ways to support teachers! We've found that teachers seem to be constantly on the lookout for great nonfiction. We know we are! To help with this undying quest for outstanding non-fiction, we are excited to participate in Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy and The Nonfiction Detectives. Every Wednesday, you'll find a non-fiction review here - although it may not always be a picture book review. Please visit Kid Lit Frenzy to see what non-fiction others have to share, too.

Title: Hawaii's Green Sea Turtles (Science and Nature for Young Readers) 
Author: Monika Mira
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: May, 2012
Genre/Format: Nonfiction/Ebook
Goodreads Summary: Did you know that relatives of sea turtles have been around since the age of the dinosaurs? Or that sea turtles were hunted to the brink of extinction before gaining protection under the Endangered Species Act? Explore the fascinating underwater world of Hawaii's Green Sea Turtles in the Science and Nature Series for Young Readers. Kids of all ages will enjoy the beautiful photographs while learning how they can help protect these graceful and beloved animals.
What I Think: Monika Mira obviously cares about the animals she writes about in her books. The Green Sea Turtles are no different. This book is set up to introduce the reader to these majestic creatures first with basic information including anatomy, diet, mating, behaviors, and habitat. It then shares with the readers the threats that Green Sea Turtles face from predators to marine debris and diseases. Finally, the book ends with how the reader can help sea turtles and the reefs. I love nonfiction books that makes the reader realize that what they are reading about isn't something that doesn't affect them and there is something that they can do to make a difference. 
Read Together: Grades K to 5
Read Alone: Grades 3 to 8
Read With: Other nonfiction books that relate (about sea turtles, Hawaii, ocean pollution)
Snatch of Text: "You have already begun your journey to help protect turtles by reading this book. Getting informed is the single most important thing that you can do to protect sea turtles." (p. 24) 
Mentor Text for: Making connections, Vocabulary development, Research
Writing Prompts: In Hawaii's Green Sea Turtles we are shown many different challenges that sea turtles face. What are these challenges and how can we help the sea turtles be less threatened? 
Topics Covered: Sea Turtles, Hawaii, Pollution, Coral Reefs, Habitat, Environment
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**Thank you to Monika Mira for providing a copy for review**

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