Where Should Turtle Be?

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Little turtle was lost! Free from his egg, he climbed out into a big, beautiful new world. Lost and alone, he wondered?where did he really belong? The bear told him to live in the woods; the frog said, "The swamp!" But turtle just didn't feel at home. He needed help, but where could he turn? Author Susan Ring helps turtle in this whimsical story of self-exploration and nature, Where Should Turtle Be? Detailed illustrations by Laurie Allen Klein give these friendly animals personality, and in the end, an ...

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Little turtle was lost! Free from his egg, he climbed out into a big, beautiful new world. Lost and alone, he wondered—where did he really belong? The bear told him to live in the woods; the frog said, "The swamp!" But turtle just didn't feel at home. He needed help, but where could he turn? Author Susan Ring helps turtle in this whimsical story of self-exploration and nature, Where Should Turtle Be? Detailed illustrations by Laurie Allen Klein give these friendly animals personality, and in the end, an unexpected tickle and tumble help turtle find his place in his new world. The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes "Turtle Fun Facts" and "Match the Turtle to its Habitat."

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-3

A sea turtle that is blinded by the lights of houses perched on the edge of the ocean goes out into the world instead of toward the bay. Ring uses this starting point to teach readers about other kinds of turtles, such as the box turtle and the terrapin, as the sea turtle wanders through their environments. Unfortunately, the story is told in rhyme, which can make the scientific information sound stilted. Also, the beginning of the story is not well explained, which will necessitate additional information about the ways of sea turtles and why they are born on land but go immediately into the water. The illustrations, created in colored pencil and acrylics, are soft yet detailed. They are accurate, but the similarities in the colors of each environment make the pages blur together. Useful facts and reproducible games appear at the end of the book.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934359990
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Ring (Where Should Turtle Be?) is an Emmy-award winner and prolific writer, who specializes in writing for children, and through her creative services company, Monkey-Says, she writes for all types of media. Her experience in television and video includes creating characters and writing songs. Her song "Where's My Nose?" won third place in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition, competing against thousands of other songwriters worldwide. Although Where Should Turtle Be? (Spring 2009) is Susan's first Sylvan Dell book, she has over 135 books to her name. Susan lives in Rhode Island.
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  • Posted May 19, 2012

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    My Review: After cracking and popping out of his egg, the turtle

    My Review: After cracking and popping out of his egg, the turtle slowly walked away from its nest on the beach and headed for the bay trying to find its way to his new home. He followed the lights but the lights weren’t stars they were houses and cars. So the turtle moved on looking for his new home. He takes a wrong turn and ends up in the woods, the salty marsh and the pond where the bear, the frog, and a beetle told him where he could be. The turtle felt uncomfortable in those areas and kept on walking looking for his home until a crab heard the turtle’s plea and pointed and said, “Out there – that’s where you ought to be”. What a happy ending for the turtle. For not all turtle live on land.

    The last few pages of the book includes a section called “For Creative Minds” which gives educational information about the turtle fun facts, match the turtle adaptations and also exercises in matching the turtle to its habitat.

    This is a great way for children to learn about the different habitats by these animals. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.





    Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the Sylvan Dell Publishing in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    exciting adventure story about a turtle

    If you were a newly hatched turtle, where do you think that you would need to go? Little Turtle breaks away from his nest on the beach and heads for the bay. However, the lights that he ends up following are not the moon and stars but houses and cars, so he turns too soon and gets lost. He needs some assistance. A bear in the woods suggests that he might be a box turtle, but he isn't. A frog at the pond thinks he might be a painted turtle, but he isn't. A beetle at the marsh wonders if he is a diamondback terrapin, but he isn't. Where can he turn for help? And will he ever find where he belongs?
    In this Sylvan Dell's Where Should Turtle Be?, the poetic text by Susan Ring and the very realistic illustrations by Laurie Allen Klein together tell an exciting adventure story for young children that is also filled with interesting facts about turtles. At the end of the book, there are three pages of activities "For Creative Minds," such as "Turtle Fun Facts." Did you know that sea turtles find their way to the ocean by moving toward the brightest, most open horizon, which under natural conditions is toward the ocean? There are also exercises in matching turtle adaptations and turtle habitats. In addition, further information about "Related Websites" and "Teaching Activities" can be found at Sylvan Dell Publishing's website to help parents and teachers to expand the learning possibilities. This is a great book that is both fun to read and instructional at the same time.

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