Chase the Moon, Tiny Turtle; A Hatchling’s Daring Race to the Sea by Kelly Jordan; illustrated by Sally Walker. 2021. Printmaking, digital and traditional materials. Published by Page Street Kids.
Brief summary: Loggerhead hatchlings break from their shells and travel to the ocean with the guide of the moon’s reflection on the ocean. It is a perilous journey with predators all around them. When they do reach the ocean, they continue swimming until they can find large seaweed patches to grow in.
Comments: The story is in rhyme. Could be shared in elementary baby animal, ocean, survival, or moon units of study. Predators eating some of the hatchlings along the way are only hinted.
Back pages have “From Next to Sea: A Hatchling’s Journey” and “Be a Hatchling Helper” sections.
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