This fact-filled, colorful book looks at the amazing world of turtles.
In simple yet informative language, A Place for Turtles provides an intriguing look at turtles and the ecosystems that support their survival. Bond’s stunning, realistic paintings depict a variety of turtles and their environments. Stewart also introduces readers to the ways human action or inaction can affect turtle populations, and offers a list of things they can do to help protect turtles in their own communities.
About the Author
Melissa Stewart earned degrees from Union College and New York University and worked as an editor. She is the author of more than sixty books and lives in Massachusetts.
Higgins Bond received a BFA from the Memphis College of Art. Her work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and many other venues. She has produced illustrations for NBC television, The Nature Conservancy, and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as for many advertising firms.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When raising my children in small-town-USA with a big backyard, it seemed inevitable that they would find turtles from time to time. When they did, they were allowed (by Mom and Dad) to pick them up carefully (being careful to avoid the reach of the turtles snapping mouth), and observe them for awhile. The turtles were never harmed and were ALWAYS placed back where they were found. This gave the kids the opportunity to see some of God's creation up close and observe their movements. Of course, the kids didn't want to let the turtles go back where they belonged, and that is why Moms and Dads make decisions. You see, there is A Place for Turtles and it is not in a box in your house. Not in a terrarium on your shelf. And not away from their natural habitat. This beautifully illustrated book about turtles gives a good introduction to young elementary children of the importance of preserving the natural habitats of wildlife and in particular turtles. When plants foreign to a region are introduced, they can wreak havoc on the survival of wildlife. Each two page spread illustrates a turtle species or fact and there are interesting tidbits in a sidebar. I especially like the two page spread in the front and the back of the book depicting the North America area with mapped distribution of each type of turtle. There are 12 illustrations for 12 different turtle types, including ocean dwelling turtles. Now back to my kids and turtles..... I am pretty sure the turtles they always found were most probably Boxed Turtles, though there may have been a spotted turtle, too. Again, we knew it was best not to keep them as "pets" and quickly released them back to the area in which they were found. Did the same turtles revisit us? Ah, who knows. I just know that we found right many turtles through the years though we didn't live near a pond or creek. They just came and went. Such is our natural world. Fascinating and interesting and all God's creation. DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of A Place for Turtles was provided by Peachtree Publishers in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.
What can we do to ensure there will always be a place for turtles on this planet? It is up to humans to protect the turtles existence. There are turtles that live in the ocean, in lakes and ponds, then there are those that live in the desert and farmlands. No matter where they live they are always in danger at the hand of humans, whether it is from plastic bags, vegetation planted by humans taking over their nesting grounds or humans making the mistake of taking them out of their habit as pets exposing them to diseases if released back into nature. It is our responsibility to make sure they have a place so they can live and grow. The author definitely did her research on the turtle. When she had all the right material she needed she wrote this book in a way that our children will be encouraged to help the turtle and its habitat so they can live and grow. The illustrations are spot on with the author's writings giving a visual look of the different kinds of turtles and their habitats. I have read some of the author's other books in the A Place For Series with the same enthusiasm as this final book of this series. The series will make a great addition any child's collection of books. Just image them spouting off all the facts they have learned to their friends and family. I highly recommend this book to children ages 6-10, parents, grandparents, educators, librarians and caregivers. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publisher for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This is my honest opinion.