Winner of the Moonbeam Children's Bronze Book Award (2014)
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
|Publisher:||Randall, Peter E. Publisher|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About 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.
What People are Saying About This
“ . . . a wonderful book, deeply compassionate . . . straightforwardin its portrayal of a young girl with an autism spectrumdisorder, and the extraordinary insights and connections she makes with the natural world. I would recommend itfor all families, not just those with children on the autismspectrum. This book has much to teach us all.”
“A terrific story that will engage both children and their parents!”
“A lovely bookthat will motivate children to seek the wonder and beauty of the natural world.”
“ . . . warm and heartfelt. . . about nurturing all that’s good, and about each individual'sability and right to live and grow and succeed.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
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.