Sunday, May 20, 2012
Carolina's Story, Sea Turtles Get Sick Too!
By Donna Rathmell
Photos by Barbara J. Bergwerf
Carolina is a rescue turtle that was found on the shore near the Sea Turtle Hospital in South Carolina. Volunteers brought her to the hospital where she was tested and found she had a severe turtle flu that needed treated. She had x-rays, shots, blood draws and care similar to what humans would have in the hospital. As her strength returned she became more fiesty and the crew knew after 4 months she was ready to go back in the ocean.
Fantastic photographs by Barbara J. Bergwerf journal the process of Carolina's hospital stay. Great pictures showing the size of this loggerhead turtle and her recovery. Beautiful story for those who love turtles for sure. And even more so for children who may have or are going to be having to visit the hospital. Gives them some camaraderie with the animal world that Carolina had to visit the hospital too when she felt sick.
The book even has a 'for creative minds' educational section in the back to learn more about these endangered loggerheads, conservation tidbits, turtle math games and a make a sea turtle craft. You can easily use this with young preschoolers, but interesting enough for elementary ages children as well.
I received a copy of this book from Sylvan Dell in exchange for an honest review.