Chase the Moon, Tiny Turtle: A Hatchling's Daring Race to the Sea

by Kelly Jordan (Author) Sally Walker (Illustrator)

Chase the Moon, Tiny Turtle: A Hatchling's Daring Race to the Sea
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Young readers will witness rare and extraordinary natural event as a baby loggerhead hatches from its shell. With nothing but the light of the moon to act as a guide, readers will follow the newborn turtles' harrowing attempts to outpace a series of predators on their march toward the glistening shore. After only narrowly avoiding hungry crabs, owls, and foxes, the turtle rides ocean waves to a calm clearing. Following a moment of peace in the still ocean water, the turtle joins the rest of its pack on a dive into the moonlit sea to continue the voyage home. Told with a beautiful, lyrical rhyming sequence, this book introduces readers to the birth cycle of a loggerhead sea turtle. Through the newborn turtle's eyes, both kids and adults will marvel at the majestic, and sometimes dangerous seaside landscape from a perspective rarely seen before.
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School Library Journal

PreS-K—This picture book uses rhyming verse to follow a hatched loggerhead turtle's journey to the sea. The opening pages depict a large number of turtle eggs buried in a mound of sand. Walker's illustrations use a combination of styles and moods, including romantic swirls of the dark blue night and smiling turtles lit by a bright full moon. Jordan employs short, brisk sentences to describe the challenges and dangers in the turtle's path. Predators wait for the turtles across the sandy beach, including an owl and a crab. The text encourages the hatchling to follow the moonlight. The light is an important guide. In the afterword, Jordan advises readers to turn off any lights near nesting sites because the lights could confuse the turtles and take them off course. For the sake of preschooler and kindergartner sensibilities, no turtles are captured in this narrative. The afterword also includes additional information and several suggestions to boost turtle survival rates. VERDICT A pleasant, light offering that will fit nicely into a juvenile nonfiction picture book section.—Nancy Call, formerly at Santa Cruz P.L., Aptos, CA

Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Kelly Jordan

Kelly Jordan has a journalism degree from the University of Georgia and spends her days as a communications manager and magazine editor. She lives with her husband in Decatur, Georgia. This is her second book with Page Street Kids.

Sally Walker has received an MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. She is currently working as a graphic and motion designer for an eLearning company in the UK. She has a strong passion for nature and conserving the remaining natural wonders of the world.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Page Street Kids
Publication date
March 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JNF042000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry | General
JNF051100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Science & Ecosystems
JNF003360 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Turtles
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Stories in rhyme
Sea turtles

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