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A Blanding's Turtle Story by Melissa Kim

My twin brother Matthew and I rescued frogs and turtles each summer in Castine Maine. "Stop the car," we'd screech if a small animal was hopping or crawling in the road. My mother would pull over dutifully while we carefully moved the small animal from the tar to the other side of the road. We learned quickly which turtles snapped, which frogs peed in our hands, and which snakes were harmless Garters. We mostly learned by experience, but occasionally we visited the library to learn more.

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.


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  1. These sound charming, Kimberley. I love the story with which you started - your curiosity and empathy began young!

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  2. I, too, love how you shared about your childhood. Sweet savings.
    The books sound delightful!

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    1. I can't seem to find my way back to your other blog. Miss reading your words.

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    2. Loralee, I'm still here. I've been blogging over at the Institute of Children's Literature for a while as I reflect on the course I'm taking. Here's one for example: https://www.instituteforwriters.com/week-nineteen-writing-for-children-and-teens.aspx

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    3. Thank you! Heading over there!

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  3. Sound like engaging nonfiction for animal loving kids. Like you! What adventures you had. What kind loving hearts. Your story reminds me of Cynthia Rylant's short story, "Slower Than the Rest."

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