Where Should Turtle Be?

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Where Should Turtle Be?
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Little turtle was lost! Free from his egg, he climbed out into a big, beautiful new world. Lost and alone, he wondered—where did he really belong? The bear told him to live in the woods; the frog said, “The swamp!” But turtle just didn’t feel at home. He needed help, but where could he turn? Author Susan Ring helps turtle in this whimsical story of self-exploration and nature, Where Should Turtle Be? Detailed illustrations by Laurie Allen Klein give these friendly animals personality, and in the end, an unexpected tickle and tumble help turtle find his place in his new world. The “For Creative Minds” educational section includes “Turtle Fun Facts” and “Match the Turtle to its Habitat.”

This fictional story includes a 3-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 34-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Where Should Turtle Be? is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Susan Ring, Illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades PK-3, Lexile: AD 680, AR: 4.2, F&P: M
   
Hardcover 9781934359891 $16.95  
Paperback 9781607186083 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628553888 $9.95  
EBook 9781607182825 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628551136 $6.95  
Keywords:   behavioral adaptation, physical adaptation, perseverance, life cycles, turtles, light pollution, adaptations, habitat, life science, sea turtles, terrapin, box turtle, painted turtle, adaptations, habitat matching
Animals in the book:   loggerhead sea turtle, black bear, box turtle, diamondback terrapin, painted turtle, frog, beatle
Vetters:   Thanks to Lou Perrotti, Conservation Coordinator, and Jim Hitchiner, Lead Keeper, Tropics at Roger Williams Park Zoo (RI); and to Dr. Lundie Spence, Director, COSEE SouthEast and the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.

Reviews:

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. - Booklist

Nicely told in rhymes. Fun facts and test sheets follow up. A good book for solo reading in class; take the quizzes at the end. - Foreword Reviews

With beautiful illustrations by Laurie Allen Klein and simple rhyming text, children will learn a whole lot about turtles and their habitats. - Charleston Post And Courier

Author/Illustrator Info:

Susan Ring (Where Should Turtle Be?) is an Emmy-award winner and prolific writer, who specializes in writing for children, and through her creative services company, Monkey-Says, she writes for all types of media. Her experience in television and video includes creating characters and writing songs. Her song "Where's My Nose?" won third place in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition, competing against thousands of other songwriters worldwide. Although Where Should Turtle Be? is Susan's first Arbordale book, she has over 135 books to her name. Susan lives in Rhode Island. Visit Susan's Website

Laurie Allen Klein has been a freelance artist for nearly 25 years. Over the last several years, she has worked as the on-staff artist for a marine park, where she does everything from painting life-size sea animal murals to illustrating children’s activity books. In addition to The Ghost of Donley Farm, Laurie has illustrated Fur and Feathers, Where Should Turtle Be?, Little Skink’s Tail, Solar System Forecast, Meet the Planets, If a Dolphin Were a Fish and Balloon Trees for Arbordale. She was the winner of the Outstanding Pennsylvania Author/Illustrator Award from the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association in 2008 and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Laurie lives in Florida. See more of her artwork at www.lauriekleinarts.com.

 



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