The Turtle – Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Preston Daniels,

51705z6re4l  The Turtle (Lighthouse Family – Volume 4) – Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by  Preston Daniels, Beach Lane Books, 9780689862441, 2005

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Animal Adventure, Early Reading in a Series 

What did you like about the book? I loved the Lighthouse Family as an intentional household of  helpful animals, including a cat Pandora, the dog Seabold, and three mice, Whistler, Lila & Tiny. In Volume 4, The Turtle, we read of the family’s next adventure, as they help a stranded sea turtle return back to the south and warm water. Environmental facts are woven into this story so that children can appreciate  the unique characteristics of nature and the dilemma of leaving one’s ecosystem. The sense of teamwork and problem solving is beautifully highlighted. The illustrations in soft charcoal tones are tender and expressive, with great details to linger over. By the end of Volume 4, you are looking forward to their next adventure.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  I would suggest this Lighthouse Series, Vol 4- The Turtle to families and children that have been introduced to the series, love adventure stories, shared together or read alone. The realistic personalities of each character and the values they portray of helping, sharing, in a community will reinforce the love of reading and the positive goals of society.

Who should buy this book? Elementary School Librarians, parents that want a good series for bed time reading to children.

Where would you shelve it ? Elementary reading books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Date of review: 12/21/2016

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