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A Place for Turtles

7 Jun

Right now, I wish I were a turtle. It is the end of the school year, I have a ton to do and I’ve added to my burden by taking on the ESL summer school coordinator position. I wish I had a shell I could pull my head into and disappear for a while. I don’t, so I can’t.

Thank goodness I can disappear into literature. And I found a great one about turtles. A Place for Turtles is written by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Higgins Bond.

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The text is simple but provides excellent information both about turtles and their habitats, as well as about threats to turtles and what we can do to help. Each two page spread has a  gorgeously realistic picture that shows turtles in their natural habitat. Basic information at the top is supplemented by more detailed information at the side which describes a particular species of turtle. The page below tells of the perils of plastic bags that turtles mistake for jellyfish. The text on the left gives details about the Leatherback Turtle.

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This is a great text for a budding herpetologist or any kid who loves animals. Also for adults who wish they could be a turtle for a little while.

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