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Groundwood Books

Turtle Pond

Written by James Gladstone • Illustrated by Karen Reczuch

For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published May 01, 2018 | ISBN 9781554989119
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Reptiles & Amphibians

Cover of Turtle Pond

Regular price $16.95 CAD

32 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

Turtle Pond

James Gladstone • Karen Reczuch

A delightful tribute to turtles and turtle-watching, from a young child’s perspective.

What is it about turtles that fascinates us? Is it how they hide inside their patterned shells, their wizened faces, their slow determination?

In Turtle Pond, a child and his parents visit their local public garden throughout the year, observing the turtles as they play, dive, feed, bask, climb, hide and doze. James Gladstone’s lively prose poem reveals the pleasure and curiosity that come from spending time with the turtles. Karen Reczuch’s stunningly beautiful illustrations accurately portray these extraordinary creatures, both in and out of the water, surrounded by lush plants and the changing seasons beyond the greenhouse windows.

An author’s note provides more information about turtles, including the Red-eared Slider featured in the book.

Key Text Features
scientific illustrations
author’s note
further information

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Awards and Praise
[A] beautiful book . . . It would be a wonderful gift for any child.
  • Winner Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children‚Äôs Non-Fiction, 2019
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