A girl reads about faraway lands to her pet turtle. The turtle then decides to do a bit of exploring, digging a hole to get under the wire of his pen. He makes immediate discoveries, such as, "My legs are short and the grass is long. I think this must be the jungle." He sees a tree stump and thinks it must be an elephant leg in Africa. He mistakes a frog at first for a kangaroo leaping in Australia, and fears that the cat from next door is an Indian tiger. Just when the turtle begins to worry that he might be lost, Emma finds him and takes him home. Children will immediately get the joke that despite the turtle's impressions, he never leaves the yard. The nice twist is that he is not disappointed with his adventure. He reflects, "It is exciting to have the whole world here in my backyard." The whimsical watercolor illustrations match the tone of the story well. The turtle's face shows many emotions as he travels and discovers. The pictures are drawn on scale with the small creature himself, echoing a childlike perspective and interpretation of size in a personal world. Humorous, warm, and ultimately reassuring, this story will be appreciated by individual readers but it's also a good choice for group read-alouds.
Lucinda Snyder WhitehurstCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Emma's Turtleby Eve Bunting, Marsha Winborn
Emma's turtle has a good life, but he often dreams of faraway places. Emma's turtle lives in a backyard pen. He enjoys snacks that Emma feeds him. He also loves to listen to Emma as she tells him about faraway places such as Africa, Australia, and China. One day he decides to stop dreaming of those places and see the world beyond his pen. What will he discover?
Emma's turtle has a good life, but he often dreams of faraway places. Emma's turtle lives in a backyard pen. He enjoys snacks that Emma feeds him. He also loves to listen to Emma as she tells him about faraway places such as Africa, Australia, and China. One day he decides to stop dreaming of those places and see the world beyond his pen. What will he discover? Eve Bunting's adorable story of an adventurous turtle is delightfully illustrated by Marsha Winborn.
“Children will immediately get the joke that despite the turtle’s impressions, he never leaves the yard. The nice twist is that he is not disappointed with his adventure. . . . Humorous, warm, and ultimately reassuring.” —Inspired by the books Emma reads to him of faraway places, Turtle digs a hole and escapes from his backyard pen. On his journey, Turtle thinks he may have spotted a tiger in India, a kangaroo in Australia, and an elephant in Africa. But has he? Readers will know better. . . .School Library Journal
Meet the Author
Eve Bunting is the author of the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. Among her many other titles are Baby Can, My Red Balloon, My Special Day at Third Street School, Girls A to Z, My Backpack, and I Don't Want to Go to Camp. She lives in Pasadena, California.
Marsha Winborn is the illustrator of more than thirty-five books, including Grandma's Cat by Helen Ketteman, What's the Magic Word? by Kelly DiPucchio, and My Little Wagon by Alma Powell. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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i checked this book out at the library recently for my 2 and 3 year old girls (one who is named emma). we ALL loved it. since yesterday i have read it already at least a half dozen times. the illustrations are adorable and the story it perfect!! i love the way it is written! highly recommend it.
Caldecott Medal winning author Eve Bunting is a natural born storyteller. Whether or not her birth in Ireland has anything to do with that is immaterial as to date she has penned over 200 books for young readers. Many parents today may well remember having Bunting's books in their libraries as children and eagerly buy them for their own youngsters. Here's one more to enchant young eyes and ears. The author might well have titled this story The Traveling Turtle because this small reptile lives in a pen in Emma's backyard yet he longs to see the world. He's very fond of Emma as she visits him often, rubs his head, and brings him treats. However, the tales she has read to him about faraway places - India, Africa - have whetted his appetite to see for himself. So, one morning he digs a hole under the wire of his pen and begins his journey. He's amazed at what he sees but as turtles move very, very slowly, how far did he go? Marsha Winborn's gentle watercolor illustrations are a perfect companion for this story of a globe trotting pet. - Gail Cooke