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Turtle in July

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"A book that is both fresh and engaging. The animal poems, framed by the seasons of the year, are sharply evocative. . . . Pinkney's glorious full-page, richly layered watercolors pulse with life. An excellent source for both poetry and nature units".--Booklist, starred review.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1989)
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Recently received as a gift for a poem I wrote, I already love this anthology by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. It is full of delightful and jumpy descriptions of different creatures throughout the seasons. For example, there's 'January Deer', 'March Bear,, and "april is a dog's dream,' where is found a dog who says "we're going to the park/to chase and charge and chew'. The illustrations are gorgeous watercolors surrounding the words. I hope you can find a copy.
The Styling Librarian
For me, this was a fantastic poetry book to enjoy with my son. The poems were dying to be read aloud and after I read them, my son would say, MY TURN and read it with even more enthusiasm. I additionally think the illustrations were beautiful, so lifelike. Fabulous poetry book to share with kids. K-5 (and I loved it as an adult as well!)
Ileana Lindner
Author: Marilyn Singer
Title: Turtle in July
Grade: 2-3

This book is an interesting story book that goes into what different animals are doing in different parts of the year. It explains animal diversity and the structure and function of living organisms all organized into a nice story for young 2nd and 3rd graders to enjoy.
Sydney McClure
The style of poetry shown in this book gives new insight to how to write poetry. It doesn't rhyme, but it uses the way sentences are broken up to be poetic. Perfect for a poetry theme. Also, the poems are about animals doing various activities from January to December, and its very realistic.
This book includes a poem about an animal for every month of the year, and sometimes season. ONe of my favorite was Deer Mouse which uses repition of the word "get" and tells all the things a mouse needs to get without getting into trouble.
Candace Carr
This book would be great to read to a 3rd grade classroom about the seasons. This book could also be read during s unit on animals because students can learn about different animals during certain times of the year.
My kids love this book. Its a pretty fun poetry book, all about animals, and also has seasons & months. Its a fun book to get at the library.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Beautiful poems accompanied by beautiful illustrations of each month of the year.
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Marilyn Singer was born in the Bronx (New York City) on October 3, 1948 and lived most of her early life in N. Massapequa (Long Island), NY. She attended Queens College, City University of New York, and for her junior year, Reading University, England. She holds a B.A. in English from Queens and an M.A. in Communications from New York University.

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