Friday, October 4, 2013

Book Review: Milton the Square Shell Turtle by Maryann Tatro

Title: Milton the Square Shell Turtle
Author: MaryAnn Tatro
Illustrator: Diane Lucas
Publisher: Halo Publishing, Int.
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
ISBN: 978-1-61244-103-1
Publication Date: June 2013

“We are all different but our unique traits make us who we truly are. It is important for kids to realize that they don't have to compare themselves to others in order to be accepted. Sometimes, they have to accept themselves first in order to be accepted by others.” ~Irene Roth, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Committed Writers

About the Book:
Milton is a story of a turtle. Unlike other turtles with round or oval shells, Milton has a square shell. One afternoon, and being new to the area, he decides to take a walk to the pond to relax.
Just when he thinks he finds the perfect spot, he can't stay. Not wanting to cause a problem, he goes further up the pond, only to discover, home is the best place to relax.

Overall Thoughts:
We love reviewing books, especially ones that have detailed and lively illustrations like the ones Diane Lucas has created for "Milton the Square Shell Turtle." The text in the story talks directly to the reader and engages them in what is happening. Just as a parent or teacher would when talking about a nature or subject a child asks to know more about. Young readers will also meet other creatures living near the pond by Milton's home. What we loved about this is teachers and/or parents can use it to teach young children about the world beyond their home and school.

We do want to note this isn't a book for beginning readers to read on their own as the sentences are long. The wording isn't difficult so you could read together, switching off between the long sentences and shorter ones.

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