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The Turtle and the Moon
     

The Turtle and the Moon

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by Charles Turner, Melissa Bay Mathis (Illustrator), Melissa Bay Mathis (Illustrator)
 

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Reminiscent of a favorite fable, this luminously illustrated tale describes how a wistful, lonely turtle comes to fall in love with the moon's reflection, mysterious and playful in the waters of the pond.

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Reminiscent of a favorite fable, this luminously illustrated tale describes how a wistful, lonely turtle comes to fall in love with the moon's reflection, mysterious and playful in the waters of the pond.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This solitary turtle leads an idyllic life, slipping in and out of the water and sunning on dry rocks. But he realizes something is missing: a playmate. One night, he sees ``something so big and so round and so strange that he snapped at it.'' The moon--the cause of the turtle's bewilderment--goes behind a cloud, but is soon visible again, reflected in the water. The turtle is delighted with his new friend, just as readers will delight in this spunky creature's newfound joy. Mathis's illustrations, dark yet luminous, capture the rich tones of the vegetation around the brook. Her realistic style presents a touching evocation of nature--and its potential for loneliness. Aside from a stray butterfly, the turtle seems to dwell in total isolation--a plot device that reinforces the story's theme but misses out on an opportunity to provide information about food sources and ecological balance. Ages 4-7. (May)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Everyday, Turtle goes about his usual activities alone, but he longs for a playmate. One night he wakes up to find something very big, very round, and very different from anything he has ever seen--the moon. It doesn't speak to him, but together they go swimming, play hide-and-seek, tag, and diving games. Turtle eventually falls asleep and his friend disappears with the rising sun, only to return the following evening. Mathis's deep-toned pastel drawings successfully capture the yellow-orange of the setting sun as well as the purple-pink as it rises the next day. They work hand in hand with Turner's warm, simple text. --Rachel Fox, Port Washington Pub . Lib . , NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140558128
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.95(w) x 9.94(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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The Turtle and the Moon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful surprise! This was such a touching story. It elicits such emotions that we've all felt. Too bad it's out of print!