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CAROLINA'S STORY: SEA TURTLES GET SICK, TOO!

Author: Donna Rathmell

Illustrator: Barbara Bergwerf

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Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Carolina the Sea Turtle is sick and is rescued from the beach. She is treated at an animal hospital and, when healthy, is released into the wild. This is a picture book describing animal visits to the doctor.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 3.6

Age of Child: Read with 3-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: My child was curious and asked a lot of questions. He liked the last page that teaches more about sea turtles via interesting facts.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a great example of non-fiction that is in a story format. Photos were taken throughout the turtle’s time with the rescue team, and it gives an authenticity to the story. I learned about sea turtles, too.

Pros: The book is interesting, with nice photos and easy to understand text.

Cons: Three times it explains that she didn’t like a certain treatment, but was too sick to do anything about it. So many repetitions of these comments made her seem extra pitiful.

Borrow or Buy: Buy it.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GET INSIDE THE SEA   JUMP, FROG, JUMP!   MY LITTLE BOOK OF PAINTED TURTLES

Educational Themes: The book lets you talk with children about Sea Turtles and the beach; veterinarians and animal hospitals; and contrast illness and doctor visits for humans.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - animals, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2006

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