Turtle Pond by James Gladstone (105)

Its hard to say exactly what it is, but there’s something really enchanting about turtles that captivates us. Why else would people, young and old, stop to watch them bask in the sun, climb over rocks or swim idly through the water?

One thing we can say about turtles is that they are ancient. Early species of turtles lived more than two hundred million years ago. Their descendants have adapted to live in environments throughout the world, in deserts, rivers, oceans, and forests. About the only places you won’t find turtles are in the Polar regions.

Today, there are close to 320 species of turtles living in the world. Many of those species are threatened with extinction. So, it may seem odd that this story features a species that is far from endangered–the Red-eared Slider.  In fact, the Red-eared Slider is so successful that it is considered an invasive species in many places.

Perhaps this story will inspire kids of all ages to care for and learn more about the many threatened species of turtles in our midst today.

This book reveals the pleasure and curiosity that come from spending time with turtles. The illustrations are stunningly beautiful, and the transport the story to the marvelous adventure that it is. The book is written as poems, adding to the charm of the story.

I loved this book from start to finish!  I will be recommending it to the families who have young kids in my midst.


About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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