Every Turtle Counts

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Based on the international rescue effort to save earth’s most endangered sea turtles, Every Turtle Counts portrays the plight of the Kemp’s ridleys, born on just one beach in Mexico, which strand each year on the north side of Cape Cod. When Mimi discovers a turtle, not moving, not breathing, she, alone, believes it can be saved. Against fearful odds, a girl who has always lived in her own world, proves that turtles, as well as people, should be helped to fulfill their purpose.

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Overview

Based on the international rescue effort to save earth’s most endangered sea turtles, Every Turtle Counts portrays the plight of the Kemp’s ridleys, born on just one beach in Mexico, which strand each year on the north side of Cape Cod. When Mimi discovers a turtle, not moving, not breathing, she, alone, believes it can be saved. Against fearful odds, a girl who has always lived in her own world, proves that turtles, as well as people, should be helped to fulfill their purpose.

“A lovely book that will motivate children to seek the wonder and beauty of the natural world.”
—Temple Grandin, author, Animals in Translation

“ . . . warm and heartfelt. . . about nurturing all that’s good, and about each individual's ability and right to live and grow and succeed.”
—Andrew Clements, author of best-selling children’s books: Frindle, No Talking, Lunch Money, and Extra Credit

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/26/2014
Hunter (The Lighthouse Santa) introduces a seven-year-old autistic girl named Mimi, who discovers a sea turtle on the beach in Cape Cod and refuses to leave it there. "Dead as a doornail," insists one of the locals, but a representative of the Massachusetts Audubon Society gives Mimi hope when he's called to pick up the turtle: it may just be "cold-shocked" after being trapped in the waters of the cape. Hunter gives an honest, unsentimental portrait of Mimi's developmental difficulties, and the emotional range of Spellman's (Oscar the Herring Gull) watercolors underscore the important connection Mimi makes with the rescued turtle, Ridley 3. After Ridley 3 is moved to an aquarium to rehabilitate, Mimi tries to help feed it with tongs. " ‘Eat, turtle,' she said, tickling the sides of its mouth.... It was the first time Mimi had ever put her own sentence together." In a moving epilogue set 30 years in the future, Mimi re-appears as an adult scientist, driving home the idea that the oft-repeated message of the title applies to more than just turtles. Ages 5–9.
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"Hunter (The Lighthouse Santa) introduces a seven-year-old autistic girl named Mimi, who discovers a sea turtle on the beach in Cape Cod and refuses to leave it there. "Dead as a doornail," insists one of the locals, but a representative of the Massachusetts Audubon Society gives Mimi hope when he's called to pick up the turtle: it may just be "cold-shocked" after being trapped in the waters of the cape. Hunter gives an honest, unsentimental portrait of Mimi's developmental difficulties, and the emotional range of Spellman's (Oscar the Herring Gull) watercolors underscore the important connection Mimi makes with the rescued turtle, Ridley 3. After Ridley 3 is moved to an aquarium to rehabilitate, Mimi tries to help feed it with tongs. " ‘Eat, turtle,' she said, tickling the sides of its mouth.... It was the first time Mimi had ever put her own sentence together." In a moving epilogue set 30 years in the future, Mimi re-appears as an adult scientist, driving home the idea that the oft-repeated message of the title applies to more than just turtles. Ages 5–9."—Publishers Weekly

"a captivating and compelling new book with an unusual twist — its heroine is autistic….beautifully illustrated...tells the story of an extraordinary environmental occurrence"—Henry Miller, Huffington Post

"A perfectly paced adventure….the book is a thoughtful, beautifully illustrated way to teach kids about thinking outside their own understanding of the world to help others."—Lane Brown, Christian Science Monitor

“An enchanting picture bookabout a young girl who finds strength in helping animals. . . the matter-of-fact, compassionate depiction of Mimi’s special needs is both child friendly and honest. The author’s gentle voice rings just as clearly in her explanation of endangered sea turtles . . . thisbeautifully written story may help inspire a new generation of open-minded activists.”—Kirkus Review

Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-02
An enchanting picture book about a young girl who finds strength in helping animals. Hunter (The Lighthouse Santa, 2011, etc.) introduces readers to Mimi, a girl who speaks only to echo what others say, and her loving, persistent mother, who's determined to find a way to communicate with her. Mimi loves the beach, but she's more interested in running across the dunes than she is in searching for seashells with her mother. When Mimi trips and falls next to the water, she finds a sea turtle, stunned by the cold, staring back at her, and she feels an immediate connection with the wounded creature--even though everyone believes that the motionless turtle is dead. It takes a friendly member of the Audubon Society to convince the adults in Mimi's life that her turtle stands a chance of survival, and he takes it to a rescue center. When Mimi goes to visit the turtle, which the scientists call Ridley 3, it becomes apparent that the bond they share may change both their lives. Mimi quickly proves that the adults were wrong to write Ridley 3 off and that she, too, may have a brighter future than anyone imagined. This charming picture book, written with perceptiveness and candor, sets up teachable moments that feel natural and organic. For example, readers are introduced to Mimi long before her autism is mentioned, and the matter-of-fact, compassionate depiction of Mimi's special needs is both child friendly and honest. The author's gentle voice rings just as clearly in her explanation of endangered sea turtles, which is neither sugarcoated nor too scary for elementary schoolers. Children will likely empathize with Mimi's determination to help Ridley 3, and this beautifully written story may help inspire a new generation of open-minded activists. A heartwarming children's story about seeing the value in every living thing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931807258
  • Publisher: Randall, Peter E. Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 513,513
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Boston author SARA HOAGLAND HUNTER has written ten books for children, including The Lighthouse Santa (UPNE), and The Unbreakable Code, a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, a National Council of Teachers of English award winner, and Governor’s 2006 selection gifted to each of Arizona’s 100,000 fourth graders. An award winning documentary producer (Born Journey, the story of a Korean adoption) and former writer/radio producer for The Christian Science Monitor, Hunter is also a songwriter whose songs for Warner Bros. Baby Looney Tunes air around the world. Illustrator SUSAN SPELLMAN is the recipient of two Mom’s Choice Gold Awards: most recently for Satchi and Little Star (2012). She has illustrated for Highlights magazine and more than thirty children’s titles. Her studio is in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    I really liked the double meaning in this book. The book is titl

    I really liked the double meaning in this book. The book is titled “Every Turtle Counts” but it could also be “Every Person Counts.” Mimi never gives up on a frozen turtle she finds on the beach even though adults around her are telling her it’s dead and to get rid of it. Mimi’s caring mom listens to what Mimi is saying and calls the Audubon Society to help. Mimi is autistic and has trouble with people being close to her and also has trouble talking, but the book explains it all in a very kid-friendly way. The illustrations are wonderful and really add to the telling of the story. I like the message in the book about how caring for an animal can help people (disabled or not). Besides the great story, I learned a lot about Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles! I never heard of them before. There is an author’s not in the back of the book to explain about the turtles even more. The migration of the turtles is amazing!
    *NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    An incredibly touching story that will resonate strongly with pa

    An incredibly touching story that will resonate strongly with parents whose children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. New Englanders will also appreciate the gorgeous illustrations of beach scenes on Cape Cod, where the book takes place. As children with disabilities are increasingly prevalent in classrooms, it's important to spread the message to other students that children who have disabilities should not be defined by them. Sara's book illustrates this point subtly and beautifully.

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