What happens when an adventurous hermit crab discovers a nest of sea turtle hatchlings on a dark, moonless night? This is the story of the Loggerhead turtle’s journey to the sea. Children will follow along as Hermy tries to guide turtles to the ocean. They will learn of the many obstacles the hatchlings face along the way.
With the ocean her home, an ochre sea star hunts for her morning meal. She folds over her rays and grips the rocky shore with sticky feet as she feasts on shellfish. When she takes too long, the tide flows back without her, and Sea Star becomes easy prey for a seagull. But she is built to survive and returns to the sea, although with one less ray.
Through inspiring words and stunning pictures, the fascinating world of a small but mighty sea creature is brought to light. Written by Janet Halfmann; illustrated by Joan Paley.
Henry Holt and Company, Hardback; 10″ x 10″; $16.99
This is a tale of rescue, survival and the unlikely friendship that develops between two young river otters – Flash and Fancy. The story is told in the gorgeous setting of Sandy Island along the Waccamaw River of coastal South Carolina. Not only is it an adventure story that includes an exciting rescue, but it also brings awareness to the importance of protecting the otters and the stunning coastal/forest/wetland environment in which they dwell.
Lowcountry storyteller Delores B. Neil and acclaimed artist Jonathan Green collaborate to share the story of Amadeus, a loud and proud leghorn rooster who comes to live with a widow lady in the Corner’s community of St. Helens Island on the South Carolina coast. A rivalry develops between the rooster and the other residents of the yard. The story teaches a valuable lesson for all ages about what can be lost without cooperation and friendship.
Crabbing is a story about young boys learning from their grandfather about the coastal tradition of catching crabs on a saltwater creek. Beautiful watercolor illustrations provide a glimpse into the diversity of life along the backwaters of the Lowcountry. It is an intriguing “how to” for children and evokes nostalgic reminders for readers of any age.
by Tilda Balsey
“Every summer, my family packs our blue van for a trip to the beach. Today, I am also going to visit a sea turtle nest. I have seen many animals at the beach but never a sea turtle…” So begins the annual family vacation. But for one young girl, this trip also includes a valuable lesson about how we share the natural world. In this wonderful learning book, visit with fragile sea turtles that hatch on warm summer evenings to make a perilous trek across the beaches of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. By Sally Plowden. Illustrated by Tee Plowden.
Palmetto Conservation Foundation/PCF Press, 2002; Hardback; 9″ x 11″; $14.95
On a rocky island outpost off the coast of Maine, a young girl once kept the light-house lamps burning for days while her father was held on the mainland by a violent storm. This heroic incident forms the basis of Arielle North Oldon’s dramatic story about young Miranda and her family. They have recently moved to the lighthouse – and the reader becomes acclimated along with Miranda to the harsh and demanding way of life she finds there. Illustrated in sweeping watercolors of blue and gray by Elaine Wentworth, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter will stir the hearts of readers as they watch Miranda struggle triumphantly against storm and rock and sea.
Mystic Seaport, 2004; Hardback; 8 1/2″ x 10″; $19.95
by William Ewen
A story by Archibald Rutledge