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Adelita, a Sea Turtle’s Journey

Albert Whitman. Sept. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807581148.
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PreS-Gr 3–Readers follow Adelita, a young loggerhead turtle, whose long journey began in 1986 when she was accidentally netted by a fisherman. The fisherman took the sea turtle to a scientific community in Baja California, Mexico. The researchers cared for Adelita and became interested in learning more about the habits of loggerhead turtles, specifically their travel patterns. Adelita had a satellite tag placed on her shell. Once she was released back into the wild, the researchers tracked and shared her journey online. Her journey lasted a total of 300-plus days as she swam from Mexico all the way back to Japan to the original beach she was hatched on. Her adventure inspired communities to help save turtles from being caught in nets or being captured for food. The text uses vivid verbs that enhance the illustrations and create a sense of movement. There are also sentences that compare Adelita to another object to help youngsters understand size or how something looks. For example, “She had grown to roughly the size of a dinner plate.” Goebel not only highlights the habits of a fascinating creature but also emphasizes the importance of environmental awareness and animal conservation.
VERDICT A nice addition to school and public libraries that will help readers learn about endangered or threatened animals and also about the natural habits of these amazing turtles.

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