Sweet T and the Turtle Team

Sweet T and the Turtle Team

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998337210
Publisher: 2101 Ink
Publication date: 07/21/2017
Series: Sweet T Tales , #3
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Cat Michaels started writing stories in fourth grade and hasn't stopped since. She has an M.S. degree in special education, decades of teaching experience, and has managed communication and training programs. Cat and her family live in North Carolina where she designs pocket gardens, dabbles in all things digital, and writes tales for beginning and reluctant readers.

Irene A. Jahns grew up in a family of artists and formalized her skills with a degree in art and M.S. in human learning and human development, University of North Carolina-Charlotte. She has been a working/exhibiting artist as well as an art educator for many years. Irene was an organizational development instructor as a management consultant in the business world for twelve years before returning to art instruction as the head of graphic design for a community college. Irene lives and paints in North Carolina where she is an active member of the Mooresville Arts Guild.

Table of Contents

1 – Gull Island

2 – Rescue

3 – Turtle Team

4 – Thee Nest 1

5 – A Lost Friend – AGAIN!

6 – A BIG Clutch?

7 – Skimboarding

8 – Billy’s Secret

9 – Storm Warning

10 – Storm Surge

11 – Turtle Trail

12 – Mama’s Blog

13 – Kristen’s Texting Glossary

14 - After the Story: Mind Ticklers and Brain Stretchers

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Sweet T and the Turtle Team 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Sweet T and the Turtle Team: Book 3 of the Sweet T Tales by Cat Michaels is a charming story that revolves around Tara, or Sweet T as she is called by her family, and the adventure and mystery that surround her during her time at Gull Island. Tara is feeling lonely sitting on her Great-Aunt Mae’s porch and she misses her older sister, Kristen, who stayed behind with their father. Her younger sister, Jenna, and her mother, and Jenna’s stuffed rabbit, Fuzzy, are there with her. She finds the children on the North Carolina island polite but different from her pals at home. Mama knows life is different on the island. Her Great-Aunt Mae lives a hop and a skip away from the beach. The girls' mother is involved in a special project with the Gull Island Aquarium and that is the reason why they are all there. The story has mystery, excitement, wildlife, adventure, turtles, pelicans, family, and friendship. The topic of conservation of turtles and their nests has been knitted in very well, helping readers understand more about turtles, their nests, eggs, and hatching. Texts from Kristen are educational and informative and make the story attractive, and the manner in which these are shared with readers is unique. All the characters - Billy, Tara, Jenna, Great-Aunt Mae, and Mama - are fun and well sketched, making them memorable to readers. The watercolor illustrations are bright and summery and they make the story, scenes, and characters vivid. It is a good story for read aloud sessions in classrooms because of its contents and the social causes it deals with. The story has layers to it and not only addresses ocean conservation, environmental issues, and wildlife, but also overcoming dyslexia and bullying. The author does an excellent job weaving in social issues and life lessons through this story.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
With a little adventure, a dash of heart and lovely illustrations, this book not only tells a tale but teaches a few things along the way. Tara, her little sister and her mother are visiting her aunt on Gull Island--something Tara isn't completely thrilled about. Not only is her little sister constantly loosing her stuffed blue bunny, but a local boy, Billy, isn't exactly a friendly, easy person either. When Tara's mother needs extra volunteers to help baby turtles make it from their nests on the beach to the water, Tara stands at the ready. But none of it runs as smoothly as it could. There is so much in this book. There's the main plot of Tara trying to get along on the island, not only with the baby turtles but with Billy and his problems. Sibling relations has a role as well as the relationship between kids and their parents. Then, there's also a message surrounding bullying and dyslexia. Add the information about baby turtles, a glossary with explanations for the short-cuts in texting as well as discussion questions to help kids talk about the story and gain a deeper understanding, and this is simply one packed book. That said, there is never a boring moment. The story starts off quick and introduces several characters within the first sentences, but a few paragraphs later and all is explained. The writing is fitting for the intended audience and throws in extra vocabulary words along the way. Everything flows together nicely, although there were quite a few themes being attacked at the same time. My favorite part were the colorful illustrations. These were done with much love and dribbled into the story at all the right times. The telephone texts which appeared from Tara's older sister to her, brought the main points which had just occurred in the story back into focus, and offered a nice change of pace. Kids who love learning something while diving into a gentler adventure are sure to enjoy this book. It's also great for classroom settings and home schoolers, thanks to all of the extra tidbits and various angles the book takes. Especially kids eight to ten will enjoy this read. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed this so much that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
There is so much about Sweet T and the Turtle Team and island living that is familiar to me. Those pesky Palmetto bugs really do stand up and hiss at you, even though we must be a super giant to them. The beach life and stories of the rescue of marine and bird critters is a common occurrence, boiled peanut stands are on the roadside, but I have yet to share in the experience of turtles being born. I am so happy to be able to experience it with these wonderful characters as they make new friends and have wonderful adventures that just proves to me that life at the beach is paradise. Oh, forgot to mention, I loved the bunny getting lost…and found…all the time. The story and illustrations will entertain and delight the young ones over and over again. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of Sweet T and the Turtle Team by Cat Michaels.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
There is so much about Sweet T and the Turtle Team and island living that is familiar to me. Those pesky Palmetto bugs really do stand up and hiss at you, even though we must be a super giant to them. The beach life and stories of the rescue of marine and bird critters is a common occurrence, boiled peanut stands are on the roadside, but I have yet to share in the experience of turtles being born. I am so happy to be able to experience it with these wonderful characters as they make new friends and have wonderful adventures that just proves to me that life at the beach is paradise. Oh, forgot to mention, I loved the bunny getting lost…and found…all the time. The story and illustrations will entertain and delight the young ones over and over again. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of Sweet T and the Turtle Team by Cat Michaels.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Sweet T is spending the summer at her Great-Aunt Mae's house on Gull Island. But she's a bit lonely with only her aunt and little sister Jenna for company, while her mother is working on a special project at the Gull Island Aquarium. Things start to get interesting when T finds a pelican trapped in fishing line and rescues him with the help of Aunt Mae and her young neighbor Billy. Then T's mother asks them to form a Turtle Team to help monitor the sea turtle nests on the beach. But why won't Billy join them? The adventures continue with searches for Jenna's toy bunny Fuzzy, lessons in skimboarding, run-ins with local children, and a tropical storm that threatens to hit the island just as the turtles are about to hatch. This book blends fictitious characters, places, and events with facts about ocean life. It brings home the message that everyone has different talents and that you can be good at some things but not others. The gorgeous watercolour illustrations by Irene A. Jahns lend an old-fashioned charm to the story. Not so old-fashioned are the illustrated texts from T's other sister, Kristen, who stays home with Dad. These texts help speed the story along by providing a summary of the action. Fun extras at the end of the book include photos of a real turtle hatching event, a texting glossary, a quiz to test your child's comprehension of the story, as well as discussion questions about issues raised in the book. You can also check out the author's website for some free downloadables. A winner in all respects. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (4 August): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/08/sweet-t-and-the-turtle-team-by-cat-michaels.html
PJ_LaRue More than 1 year ago
I have to say right off that this Sweet T and the Turtle Team book review will be one of the easiest I've ever written.  This children's book by Cat Michaels appeals to me on many levels! Ms. Michaels gently weaves life lessons as the story unfolds. These lessons include environmental consciousness, acceptance, bullying, and helping others overcome issues are deftly covered. Although Sweet T and the Turtle Team is the 3rd book in the series, each book can be read independently. In this book,  Tara who is nicknamed Sweet T, is  vacationing at her Great Aunt Mae's home in Gull Island. She is lonely because she hasn't made friends yet.  The other children make fun of her accent. And what is up with the neighbor, Billy, who is sometimes mean to her? Sweet T learns that Billy has a secret, and hasn't shared it with her yet.  Will they ever truly become friends so that Billy is comfortable enough to confide? Sweet T, her sister Jenna and others are asked to watch a sea turtle nest to ensure its safety from sea gulls and other predators. Will the nest survive when a hurricane comes through? And why did Billy crumple the Turtle Team Guidelines and refuse to help? The book's treasures don't end when the charming and educational story is finished. Ms. Michaels added discussion questions for the readers to answer to ensure they understood and retained the story. She also added a glossary of abbreviations used when texting, a glossary of story related terms and a photo gallery of a real sea turtle nest and hatchlings. I love and highly recommend this story! Note: I received a PDF copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
HorseDancer1 More than 1 year ago
Sweet T and the Turtle Team is a wonderful story with great characters. Children are vacationing with their Mom and great aunt Mae at grey cottage on Gull Island in North Carolina. They have fun in the sand and sea learning about life on the island. They become a Sea Turtle Team to help the animals! They are given the opportunity to get together wait for the turtles to hatch and then to give the just hatched sea turtles a route to the sea. Along the way they experience a few trials that they overcome. A happy summer on the beach helping animals and new friends. This story teaches ecology in a refreshing way. It also addresses bullying and how to change those attitudes in a positive way. Absolutely delightful story and pictures!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tara (also known as Sweet T) and her family are visiting Aunt Mae on Gull Island. Lots of beach excitement, adventures, and challenges await her and her new island friends. The kids have mysteries to solve and a sea turtle nest to watch over and protect. I love how author Cat Michaels has created a perfect beachy, island setting with colorful descriptions of the flavors, smells, and sounds of the South. Readers will feel the ocean breezes as they are sitting on Aunt Mae’s front porch munching on nutty boiled peanuts and eating warm biscuits slathered with fresh homemade peach jam. Yum! Woven among the chapters, kids will learn a lot about baby sea turtles, their nesting habits, and what volunteers, like T and her Turtle Team friends, are doing to help protect this species. There are several sections in the back of the book with actual pictures of baby sea turtles, “brain ticklers” for extended learning, and much more. The soft watercolor illustrations by Irene Jahns enhance the warm, cozy feeling of Gull Island in the summertime – you will want to go there and stay a spell!