Review: the Town of Turtle

Hello readers!

Julie reviews The Town of Turtle by Michelle Cuevas, a beautifully illustrated picture book about loneliness and friendship and how to build a community.

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OpeningTurtle lived in a part of the world as empty as a bird’s nest in December.

Summary: Lonely Turtle’s only friend is his shadow until he decides to build a deck, then a garden, then houses and other buildings until, while he naps, new friends arrive.

I like this book because: when I think of the things that compel me to pick up a book usually one element suffices (Easy to please? Not really). This one offered three on the cover alone: the intriguing title, the name of an illustrator I already admire, and the cover design and rendering itself. And I was not disappointed by anything I found inside. A beautifully, poetically, and perfectly told story (that opening line!), artwork that makes me wish Catia Chien could render my dreams, and the whole of it is what makes this so stellar.

Resources/Activities: design your own dream home including anything you want; discuss the importance of community and friendships in your neighborhood; think about neighbors who you have not yet met, who might need some help, or a new friend; have a neighborhood tea party!

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You can read Julie’s original review here!

You can find The Town of Turtle online here, or call the store to reserve a copy!

Happy reading!

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