Yoshi and the Ocean

A Sea Turtle's Incredible Journey Home

by Lindsay Moore

On Sale: 05/24/2022

Yoshi and the Ocean

A Sea Turtle's Incredible Journey Home

by Lindsay Moore

illustrated by Lindsay Moore

On Sale: 05/24/2022


Chicago Public Library Best of the Best

School Library Journal Best Book

ALA Notable Children’s Book

Bank Street Children’s Best Books of the Year

About the Book

Lindsay Moore chronicles the remarkable true story of Yoshi, a loggerhead sea turtle who traveled an astounding 25,000 miles after being released from the aquarium that rehabilitated her. Informational and awe-inspiring, Yoshi and the Ocean is a gorgeous picture book about patience, perseverance, the ocean, and finding your way home. A transformative story about the incredible journeys animals make and the interconnectedness of the natural world.

In 1997, a young loggerhead sea turtle was rescued from the ocean after an injury to her shell. The fishermen who rescued her named her Yoshi and took her to the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa. She was rehabilitated there and grew stronger—and larger!—every day. She also became one of the most popular exhibits at the aquarium. After twenty years in captivity, Yoshi was released back into the ocean and traveled more than 25,000 miles in 1,003 days to find her way home. A tracking device on her shell transmitted data about her journey to marine biologists and turtle enthusiasts of all ages around the world.

Lindsay Moore’s gorgeous watercolor paintings enrich her moving, lyrical, and informative text. This picture book touches on topics such as conservation, oceanography, natural selection, the food chain, currents, and geography, making Yoshi and the Ocean an ideal choice for parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone interested in nature and the ocean.

Includes a map of Yoshi’s journey, information about sea turtles and how you can help them, and additional resources.

Critical Praise

“Yoshi is a young, injured sea turtle found by Japanese fishermen more than twenty years ago. . . . Readers follow Yoshi as she prepares for her return [to the ocean] . . . Moore uses scientific knowledge to describe Yoshi’s travels from Cape Town to the Indian Ocean and beyond, ultimately ending on the western coast of Australia. . . . Yoshi’s incredible story, the collection of scientific information, and engaging illustrations will capture readers, encouraging inquiry and exploration through a sea turtle’s eyes.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

“[A] striking homage to a tenacious reptile . . . Prose takes readers along on a rescued sea turtle’s dramatic 25,000-mile marine journey. Released with a tracking tag in 2017 after 20 years in a South African aquarium, Yoshi begins a record-setting migration that encompasses two oceans and a little over two years. . . . Expansive back matter includes a detailed map of the trip.” — Publishers Weekly


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063060982
  • ISBN 10: 0063060981
  • Imprint: Greenwillow Books
  • On Sale: 05/24/2022
  • Pages: 64
  • List Price:23.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Turtles & Tortoises
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Earth Sciences / Water (Oceans, Lakes, etc.)
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Marine Life
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection

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