In this picture book that is both heartwarming and exciting, join Yoshi, a sea turtle, on her remarkable journey as she swims farther than any animal in recorded history--23,000 miles!--to return to the beach where she first hatched, to lay her own eggs.
Inside every loggerhead turtle is genius: the ability to find their first home, no matter how far away. Follow one, from her birth on a beach in Australia...to her trip across an ocean filled with sharks and seahorses and much more...to her rescue from a net by a fisherman, who names her Yoshi...to her rehabilitation at an aquarium...to her record-breaking swim across the Indian Ocean to the beach on which she hatched, to lay her eggs.
Written by Lynne Cox, also a record-breaking swimmer, here is the true story of a sea turtle who swam the longest distance of any animal in recorded history.
Long-distance swimmer Cox presents this fictionalized story that follows Yoshi, the loggerhead turtle who spent 20 years in a South African aquarium before swimming nearly 23,000 miles back to her native Australia. A straightforward narrative couches playful, lyrical text that details Yoshi's hatching, reports on physical changes over time ("She was just the size of a smile"), and lists myriad creatures she likely encountered on land and sea ("a whale shark as big as a school bus"). Lines that visualize the journey ("Her body glowed in a blanket of sparkling water") complement Jones's delicately textured, digitally edited paintings, which portray sea life in muted hues and envision Yoshi's diminutive form against a wide-open ocean. Several light-infused night scenes bestow a calming ambiance upon a succinctly told story that's satisfying in its full-circle itinerary and its appreciation of the sea turtle's innate "genius." Human characters are portrayed with various skin tones. An author's note, archival photo of Yoshi, and map conclude. Ages 4–8.