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Hawksbill Promise: The Journey of an Endangered Sea Turtle

Tilbury House. (Tilbury House Nature Book). Jul. 2019. 36p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780884484301.
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K-Gr 3–Owens brings readers to the shores and waters of the Caribbean. Colorful watercolor and ink drawings accompany poems that build the story through crisp imagery. The journey of Hawksbill sea turtles, driven by instinct and inherent memory, is told by a tree on the island where the turtle will come to lay her eggs. The unique narrative voice carries the reader to the tropical island home of the turtles. A perilous journey told in lilting prose paints mental pictures to complement the visual images on paper. Colorful depictions of native wildlife weave through each page. Information about the Hawskbill sea turtle, plants and animals of Jumby Bay, and further resources enhance the reading experience.
VERDICT A beautifully illustrated book of informational poetry.

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