Here's a bonus book review from our archives in honor of World Turtle Day.
Self-Portrait with Turtles: A Memoir, by David M. Carroll. (Illus.) Boston Houghton Mifflin 2004. xii+182pp. 2003047895. ISBN 0-618-16225-9.
Louis Agassiz wrote, “Study nature, not books.” It is through the study and observation of living organisms that one gains the ability to truly see and appreciate the intricate details of our world. In an engaging memoir, David Carroll describes how his own studies of nature--in particular, turtles--honed his powers of observation. Indeed, he aptly illustrates the importance of developing search images when he states, “One has to find a turtle, before one can find turtles.” This book is as much about the exploration of a vocation as it is about turtles. In a captivating style, Carroll writes about the intersection of nature and art through which his career and life have been shaped. Turtles remain his passion and his life’s touchstone, and they are accurately portrayed. Imbedded in the text are messages of conservation and a respect for the harmony of living systems. Carroll captures the beauty of nature through a keen sense of observation that is apparent from the book’s first page. His simple sentence structure is enriched by vivid adjectives and numerous sketches. The book is to be savored and read by all who have a love of nature.—William R. Teska, Pacific Luthern University, Tacoma, WA
23 May 2015 9:37 AM