A young diamondback terrapin, Jemma, responds to the migrating animals by catching a bit of the travel bug herself. Engaging text and 16 watercolor illustrations follow Jemma as she leaves her familiar cove and swims into the open waters of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay. Crab traps and boat propellers make this adventure more dangerous than Jemma ever anticipated. Fortunately, the young diamondback's travels end happily when she discovers a sheltered inlet and joins the terrapins living there. This fact-based story highlights the real dangers diamondback terrapins must confront to survive, and has educational material for parents and teachers. This action-filled story is perfect for children. Early readerages 5-8.
Author Susan Glick lives in Maryland, where she teaches high school English. The travel bug keeps her exploring historical sites, kayaking in salt marshes and shallow bays, and hiking in the woods. Illustrator Kelli Nash was raised on the banks of Rock Creek, Maryland, where she grew to love nature and creatures of the wild. Her artistic style ranges from children's watercolor illustrations and graphic design to fine art.