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Kid Konnection: Turtle Summer

May 19, 2012

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:

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2012 7:10 am

    This looks excellent. I love the idea of making it look like a scrapbook.

  2. Veens permalink
    May 19, 2012 8:11 am

    I think I will get this one for the little one here, he will definitely love reading it at a later age.

  3. kaye permalink
    May 19, 2012 8:47 am

    MAM is wonderful! I love her books. This one sounds great for the kids.

  4. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 19, 2012 9:52 am

    I love turtles. We did one of those night time sea turtle watches and it was awesome.

  5. May 19, 2012 6:25 pm

    Another scrapbook novel? I’m adding this to my tbr list then.

  6. May 20, 2012 1:08 am

    Aww this looks like such a cute book. I just recently read a novel where a couple went to the beach to help with a sea turtle birth. It sounds fascinating! It would be a cool thing to witness.

  7. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    May 20, 2012 1:39 pm

    I really appreciate that she used pictures. Drawings are great but I’m sure the photos really help tell the story.

  8. Literary Feline permalink
    May 21, 2012 12:05 pm

    Oo! I love the way you describe this book! I will have to look for this one. Thanks for pointing it out to me, Kathy.

  9. bookingmama permalink
    May 22, 2012 12:47 pm

    This looks terrific. I had no idea she even wrote a book like this.

  10. May 23, 2012 5:32 pm

    I love learning things from Junior Nonfiction! I’d love to see turtle hatchlings one day too.

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