Turtle Tide: The Ways of Sea Turtles (Hardcover)

The Ways of Sea Turtles

By Stephen R. Swinburne, Bruce Hiscock (Illustrator)

Boyds Mills Press, 9781590780817, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2005



A mother turtle swims to shore. She digs a hole in a dune, where she lays one hundred eggs. Following her instinct, she covers the eggs with sand and slowly makes her way back to sea. What happens next, from eggs to hatchlings, is one of the most extraordinary occurrences in nature. The eggs provide food for other animals, and the eggs that survive produce hatchlings that, again, provide food for birds and crabs. Even those hatchlings that make it to the ocean face an uncertain future. Together, lyrical text and dramatic paintingsgive young readers an understanding of how turtles give birth and how the young fight for survival in this winner of the Maryland Blue Crab Young Readers' Award.

About the Author

Stephen R. Swinburne is a writer, photographer, and naturalist. He is the author of numerous nature books for children. He and his wife, Heather, and their two children live in South Londonderry, Vermont.

Bruce Hiscock trained as a chemist but later turned to children's nature books as his full-time career. He has written and illustrated many books for children. He lives at the edge of the Adirondack Mountains in Porter Corners, New York.