Melissa Kim has written a new board book called A Blanding's Turtle Story. I'm planning to give it to a friend whose young son is also a lover of small animals. Kim's storyline is simple and easy to follow. She answers the questions kids would typically have about a Blanding's Turtle. What does the turtle do all day? What places are safe for a turtle? When should a human move a turtle if found in the road or the woods? Jada Fitch's illustrations are beautiful. The colors are soft yellows and greens that beg a closer look to uncover details like polliwogs and sunlit spaces.
The lifecycle of the Blanding's Turtle is explained along with a cautionary tale for humans about caring for an animal and its environment. The message about humans is subtle, but provides a great place to start an environmental discussion early on with the generation who will need to care for our world as well. I highly recommend all three of Kim's Audubon books for the little one in your life or the parents of one.