I always enjoy Jan Brett's illustrations, but often her stories are a bit lackluster for me. Not so with "Mossy", which I found both visually stunning and emotionally engaging. It is the story of a turtle named Mossy who spends so much time by the mossy pond that moss begins to grow on her shell and soon she has a miniature garden blooming there. Just when she meets a new boy turtle and is eager to be his friend, the curator from the local natural history museum and her niece find Mossy and think she will make an amazing display! They set up a beautiful glass home for Mossy and think she has everything she needs, and people love coming to see her. But the niece wonders, Is Mossy lonely? Does she want a friend? There is a happy resolution and a gentle message about animals and captivity that I really appreciated. The illustrations are gorgeous-gorgeous-gorgeous! So lush and beautiful. This would make an especially good spring-time read.
Thanks to my local librarian, I found out that Jan Brett is actually coming to our area on a "Mossy" tour so I plan to go see that in a few weeks. I'm very excited! All you Jan Brett fans out there might want to check to see if she is coming to your area, too.