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Author: Susan Ring, Illustrator: Laurie Allen Klein
Interest Level: Lower Grades (Pre-K – 3rd)
Accelerated Reading Level: 4.2 (0.5 points)
Synopsis: A baby sea turtle emerges from his nest in the sand but, taking a wrong turn, finds himself in the woods. A friendly bear explains the life of a box turtle, but that information doesn’t seem to apply to him—nor does that of a painted turtle at the pond or a terrapin in the salt marsh. Soon, improbably, transported “about a mile and a yard” by a fit of laughter, he finds himself back on the beach and makes his way to the sea. The satisfying rhythm and rhyme of the short verses make this a good choice for reading aloud. Children will sympathize with the little turtle, who listens politely to the advice of others, but follows his own heart in the end. Along the way, they’ll also pick up some ideas about the habits and habitats of four types of turtles, ideas that will be reinforced and extended by the appended “Turtle Fun Facts” and two matching games.
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