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Reviewed by Gail Kamer for Readers' Favorite
Tammy the Sea Turtle, a children’s book by Joyce Lake, shares the story of Tammy leaving her nest and exploring the world. She heads straight to the sea to begin her life. Along the way, Tammy meets a dolphin and a pelican who become her friends. The story line reveals what food Tammy eats and some interesting facts about sea turtles, one of which is her ability to hold her breath while under the water. Tammy decides to return back to the beach where she was hatched. Tammy meets another sea turtle before she continues on her way home. The story ends with Tammy laying eggs and going exploring again, knowing she will return to her home once again in the future.
The illustrations in Tammy the Sea Turtle by Joyce Lake are simply breathtaking. The illustrations provide children with visual experiences that aid in the comprehension of a sea turtle’s life. Children will gain insight about a turtle’s nest and a turtle’s habitat. The book ends with fun facts about sea turtles. There are many opportunities for an adult to extend children’s knowledge with Tammy the Sea Turtle through discussion. Subjects abound such as where Tammy’s home is, what kind of climate, what other foods a turtle eats, what might prey on turtles and, of course, the impact of humans on her world. I recommend this book to any parent wanting to share the love of aquatic life with a youngster. It would also fit well into an instructional classroom setting on animal habitats.