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Lonesome George, the Giant Tortoise

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The remarkable true story of a one-of-a-kind survivor.

One lone tortoise lived a simple life on Pinta Island in the Galápagos Islands of the Pacific Ocean. Then visiting fishermen introduced goats to the unique island, which completely disrupted the ecosystem.

One lone tortoise stubbornly clung to life, even after his fellow tortoises disappeared slowly. Then, years after it
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Walker Childrens (first published September 1st 2003)
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Zahava Davis
Lonesome George, the Giant Tortoise is a 30 page book with a small paragraph on each page. The main character of the book is George, a male tortoise on Pinta Island in the Galapagos, who cannot find a mate. This book has double page illustrations that are some form of colored pencil. The detail of the illustration eloquently elaborate on the detail of the text regarding the environment around George and George himself. The book does a great job of incorporating very interesting facts about torto ...more
Personal Reaction- I loved this book! The tortoise perseveres through the distinction of his type of tortoise. Tells a great story of a different setting (not the United States) and also a good story on how you can overcome anything.

Purposes: This could be for students 3rd-4th grade. George is a lonesome tortoise who is alone on an island where he is the last of his kind. The story gives good illustrations of the Galapagos Islands which I'm sure many students have not been to. The vocabulary is
This is about the last Pinci Saddleback Turtle, Lonesome George. It was written in 2003 though, so it's got a couple glaring errors that you're bound to notice. The big one is, of course, that Lonesome George has passed away since this was written. This book states that there is hope to find him a mate and that he has another 90 years to live. In truth, he passed away just 9 years after this was published. If you'd like another, more up-to-date book on Lonesome George, try Galapagos George by Je ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fascinating story about the last known living tortoise from Pinta island in the Galapagos islands. It's a true story and explains how human actions changed the ecology of the islands by introducing non-native animals. This tale is just another example of how we affect our world in negative ways, but it also offers some hope that we can make changes that will preserve endangered species. The narrative was engaging and informative without being overwhelming or boring and the illustration ...more
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