10 Reasons to Love ... a Turtle (10 Reasons to Love...)

by Catherine Barr (Author) Hanako Clulow (Illustrator)

10 Reasons to Love ... a Turtle (10 Reasons to Love...)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Turtles are amazing creatures! They go on incredible journeys, have beautiful shells, can hold their breath for hours and even cry salty tears. You can show you love them by not dropping litter on the beach and NEVER buying anything made of tortoiseshell. Discover ten reasons why turtles are amazing and five ways you can show they love them in this gorgeous picture book written by non-fiction expert Catherine Barr - a must for any young animal enthusiast and a fantastic introduction to environmental issues.

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School Library Journal

Pr-Gr 1—Published in association with London's Natural History Museum, these educational and colorful picture books offer 10 reasons to admire elephants and 10 reasons to appreciate turtles. Each book's front cover contains an inviting die-cut shape. With the touch of fingers along the die-cut's smooth edges, children can capture tactile impressions of an elephant's or turtle's body shape. Well-written descriptive text starts and concludes on the front- and end papers; numbered, large print headings divide the short sections of text. In Elephant, the writing touches upon the animals' tusks, ears, and intelligence as well as their communication. Turtle shares such details as how turtles lay eggs, shed salt accumulated in their bodies through tears, and are related to dinosaurs. Five scallop-edged circles set within selected illustrations contain additional text suggesting ways children can demonstrate love for elephants or turtles; for example, purchasing paper "made from recycled elephant poop" and avoiding items created from turtle shells. Clulow's artwork nicely places each animal in its native environment along with other native fauna and flora—most are accompanied by labels. In Elephants, Barr's text mentions African and Asian elephants, but most of the images depict African elephants. Out of the two, Clulow's artwork truly shines in Turtle, especially the spread on different shell patterns. These informative books flow well, presenting material in an easily understandable style. VERDICT Attractive read alouds for small groups of young children curious about animals, as well as fun browsing material.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH</p><p>Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.</p>
Catherine Barr

Catherine Barr worked at Greenpeace International for seven years as a wildlife and forestry campaigner and has a long-running interest in environmental issues. While working as an editor at the Natural History Museum, she researched and wrote two major summer exhibitions: Dinosaurs of the Gobi Desert and Myths and Monsters. She lives on a hill near Hay-on-Wye in Herefordshire with her partner and two daughters.

Hanako Clulow left Japan in 1997 for Ireland, where she studied visual arts and English. She then headed to England to explore her passion for child psychology, obtaining a BSc in psychology from the University of London in 2007. While she was deeply fascinated by child psychology, her passion for the arts re-emerged, which led her to pursue life as an illustrator. Her work draws upon a broad range of interests such as nature, the animal kingdom, psychology, fantasy, and her native culture.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
August 20, 2017
10 Reasons to Love...
Age Range
5 - 8 years

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