MAKANA is a Gift: A Little Green Sea Turtle's Quest for Identity and Purpose (Hardcover)

MAKANA is a Gift: A Little Green Sea Turtle's Quest for Identity and Purpose By Janet Lucy, Alexis Cantu (Illustrator) Cover Image

MAKANA is a Gift: A Little Green Sea Turtle's Quest for Identity and Purpose (Hardcover)

By Janet Lucy, Alexis Cantu (Illustrator)

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One bright morning a little green sea turtle basks on the surface of Turtle Cove, where he arrived the night before. He hatched from a nest on a shore hundreds of miles away, and has spent the first six years of his life swimming through the ocean. Here in Turtle Cove he meets the inhabitants-a wise elder turtle, Kato, and other sea creatures. He admires the unique features of an octopus and starfish, and wishes he could swim with a school of fish. He observes the gulls and terns flying freely overhead, and begins to question his identity.


Makana is a Gift is the story of a young sea turtle's quest to understand his unique purpose, who and why he is, while waiting to be given his name. One morning while hungry for breakfast, he mistakes a plastic bag for a jellyfish, takes a bite as many sea turtles do, and must seek help to survive this too common, life-threatening experience.


In the end, he understands that all creatures are needed to help and care for each other; he too has a unique and essential purpose; that life is a gift, and so is he. In Hawaiian, Makana means gift, and thus he receives his name.


A "Discussion & Activities Guide" and "Resources" are included. Children will learn about the biological beginnings of a sea turtle's life as well as their ancient legacy, their significance and symbolism, and the importance of their ecological protection. Watercolor illustrations are vibrant and life-like. Ages 4 8.

Product Details ISBN: 9781940654072
ISBN-10: 1940654076
Publisher: Seven Seas Press
Publication Date: July 22nd, 2022
Pages: 56
Language: English