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The Baby Sea Turtle is a children's book written by S.A. Mahan and illustrated by Deborah Mahan. A mother turtle leaves the sea one night to lay her eggs, which she covers with sand to keep them safe. One day, the baby turtles hatch and they make their way to the sea. One baby was slow to hatch, and when he does, he's all alone. He's excited by the wonders of the world he's found himself in, but he ends up walking away from the sea instead of towards it. He gets scared when he reaches a busy road. Then a boy finds the terrified baby turtle and brings him back to the sea.
I've read S.A. Mahan's children's book, The Baby Sea Turtle, three times already and I'll probably read it a few times more. It's that good. S.A. Mahan's story is inspired and Deborah Mahan's illustrations are marvelous. There are pictures of the mother turtle leaving the ocean and her lumbering up the shore to bury her eggs, and pictures of the baby turtles as they hatch and head for the sea. Each picture is distinct and original, and the colors are bright or muted depending on the theme for that page. S.A. Mahan's verse is a blend of rhyme and free verse that is never sing-song or stilted, and there's an audio version of The Baby Sea Turtle included with the book. This is a wonderful first reader for a child or a highly enjoyable book for an adult to share at bedtime. The Baby Sea Turtle is most highly recommended.