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La Estacion De Las Tortugas
by George Ancona

Aunque han sobrevivido al menos setenta milliones de años de deterioro ambiental, las Tortugas marinas están a punto de extinguirse. Estos grandes reptiles, que viven en los océanos más cálidos, tienen que salir a la superficie para respirar. Durante una temporada del año, las tortugas hembras dejan la protecci ón del océano para poner sus huevos en las playas.

Una vez en las playas, las Tortugas son presa fácil de los seres humanos, que las matan y venden su carne a restaurantes. Los huevos son desenterrados y vendidos como bocadillos “gourmet”.

En una playa retirada en la costa de Brasil viven un grupo de oceanógrafos que se dedican a protejer las tortugas y informar a la gente de que las tortugas están extinguiéndose.


Editora: Houghton Mifflin, 1991
Nivíl de edad: 9-12
Idioma: Español ISBN: 0-395-78920-6
Portuguese Edition, Salamandra Consultoria Editoria S.A., Brazil



Reviews

"On the beach of Praia do Forte, a small Brazilian town, the TAMAR project protects the turtles. During the nesting season the female sea turtles must leave the ocean to lay their eggs on the beach, becoming vulnerable to human and animal predators. TURTLE WATCH details the meticulous scientific tracking used by these oceanographers in their efforts to collect the eggs and monitor their fifty days of incubation. Once the hatchlings are out of their shells they’re quickly returned to the site of their original nest site. “Like little windup toys, their tiny flippers flailing, the hatchlings climb over one another and begin to scramble toward the sea…attracted by the luminous waves of the ocean.” The scientists are assisted in the “save—don’t sell” philosophy by two engaging children, Rosa and Flavio, whose spontaneous vitality is reflected in the photos and well integrated in the text. Additional camera shots reveal a glimpse of the life in Praia do Forte. An entertaining format with genuine child appeal enhances the book’s effectiveness in making a strong case for conservation."
- School Library Journal



Recognition


ALA Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Sciences, 1987


Junior Literary Guild Selection, 1987


New York Academy of Sciences, Children's Science Book Award, 1988


©2013 George Ancona