This educational nonfiction book for young readers is in a question-and-answer format. The title question about turtles is answered, after turning to the next page, by a "no" and the fact that another animal actually does that particular thing. A short paragraph after each "no" goes into more detail. The reader learns about eagles (who sleep in treetops), bees, the Giant Pacific octopus, beavers, prairie dogs, sand gapers (shellfish), termites, chimpanzees, and deer. The final question is answered with a "yes," and tells how turtles carry their homes on their backs. This book is part of the "Animals All Around" series. A page at the end of the book, "Different Animal Homes," categorizes the animals into groups with a sentence and small picture of each animal. The last page contains a short glossary, bibliography, website, and index. The colorful illustrations are simple and digitally created. The fun questions will keep readers turning the pages, and the interesting facts will keep their attention. This book would also be good for reading aloud to children who are still too young to read on their own.
Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens. Her work has received the Minnesota Book Award and other honors, including Bank Street Best Books of the Year, and NCTE Notables. She and her husband live in Minnesota and have two monsters of their own, Maddie and Annabelle. When Laura's not reading or writing, she likes to dance, play games, and work with the Minnesota Brass drum corps (which involves a lot of Counting, following Patterns, and creating Shapes on the field). She tries to eat More vegetables and Less brownies, but that is hard! Learn more about Laura at laursalas.com.
Jeff Yesh is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer whose award-winning work has been featured in multiple children's books. As a freelance artist, he splits his time illustrating both fiction and non-fiction works enjoyed by all ages, in addition to designing material for a wide variety of clients in the advertising and sports industries. Born and raised in Indiana, Jeff graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Based in Carmel, Indiana, Jeff enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with his wife and two daughters.