Petersburg, Ill. (PRWEB) January 06, 2012
“These turtles are one of nature’s wonders – growing to several hundred pounds when mature and living many decades,” says Schacht. “Young readers will be surprised to find out that they start off just a few centimeters long, and have to make their way to the ocean on their own.”
Timmy Turtle is a baby loggerhead turtle who must journey after he hatches from an egg buried in the sand on a gulf beach in Florida. Timothy’s mother lays many eggs in her nest of sand and asks her old friend, an alligator, to watch over her eggs. She does this because sea turtles are not at home on land so they do not stay near the nest the many weeks needed for the eggs to hatch, and the vulnerable eggs are often prey for other animals. The young turtles also face a risk of going the wrong way when they do leave the nest.
An adventure story featuring pastel drawings, “Timmy Turtle’s Journey to the Light” will capture young readers’ imaginations and encourage interest in the great sea turtles of the world, as well as in the wildlife they encounter. Other animals and insects in the story help the little turtle make it to the waters of the gulf.
Schacht says that now more than ever it is important to instill knowledge and appreciation of nature in children. Not only is it “a positive story of cooperation and friendship, (but also) a story that gives a positive environmental message encouraging interest in the giant sea turtle,” whose population is decreasing.
About the Author
Carol Schacht has been a science teacher for several years, during which she has taught grade school to college level students. She earned a master’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois and has been active in environmental programs in educational settings and in the 4-H program. Her interests include the oceans and oceanic wildlife, especially the plight of those animals that have become threatened or endangered. This is her first book.
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