Kid Konnection: Turtle Summer
Turtle Summer, by Mary Alice Monroe, is a scrapbook of sorts celebrating a summer a “turtle lady” and her young daughter spend at the beach. The focus is on sea turtles and how they lay their eggs high up on the beach, but other sea creatures are highlighted as well. The book presents facts in a fun way that young readers will enjoy. I think the way it’s written as a scrapbook makes it very accessible and I loved the fact that it includes photographs instead of drawings. I was particularly fascinated by the photos of a turtle laying its eggs, a bucket full of turtle eggs that were being moved to a safer spot, and young hatchlings making their way to the sea. I really hope to witness hatchlings emerging from their nest after reading this book.
The back of the book has some interesting facts and also some activities for young readers. I actually learned quite a bit as I read it. As a fun aside, if you look closely, you can spot Mary Alice Monroe in a few of the photos. If you have a trip to the beach planned with your little ones this summer, you need to pick up a copy of Turtle Summer to read before you go. This great trailer gives you an idea of what the interior of the book looks like:
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