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Box Turtle

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Published February 1st 2018 by Muddy Boots
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Danica Midlil
It's one thing to read that a box turtle can live more than 100 years, but this book really brings home that point! Wow!
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful timeline of a box turtle who lives over 100 years. Her life begins in a New England forest in 1890. In 1897 she lays a batch of eggs and then wanders along dirt roads where new neighbourhoods are sprouting up everywhere. The evolving world around her is depicted in timely backgrounds featuring first a horse drawn buggy, then a model-T car. Time progresses and in 1909 the box turtle catches moths attracted to an electric street lamp. In 1913 a motorized car runs over her ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
*Received a digital copy via Net Galley in exchange for my review*

As a lover of all turtles and the natural world, I thought my son would enjoy reading this book. I felt the book had a lot of potential but there was something lacking. As an adult I understood the perspective of the years and how it showed that box turtles can be long living but for a child who is still trying to learn about weeks and months and days of the year, putting centuries into perspective without some context might be di
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This book tells a simple story about a box turtle that lives over 100 years. I did not know that this turtle lived in the woods so I learned something as well. The story shows deforestation over the years along with how we are now trying to save the environment through projects. As I read this book with my grandson, we discussed the illustrations and the text to help him get involved in the story. There was not much to it, but the illustrations encouraged discussion. I liked the note at the back ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Really cool concept - following a turtle through its 100+ year life and seeing the world change from its perspective. But I don't think it's clear enough to illustrate the changes to really young kids for whom 1897 is a totally abstract concept, and it's also too simple to provide a lot of narrative interest or information for more advanced readers. Could be a good way to talk about history/time/turtles with some caregiver facilitation, but I don't think I'll end up using it for storytime.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This would make a good addition to a collection! It's follows the life and times of one Eastern Box Turtle. Not a lot of info about them, but a nice story about a turtle and its home. The illustrations were nice and I look forward to finding a copy of the book so I can see it in color. I've lived long enough to see many changes toward wildlife and the environment and this book makes me smile with it's good message.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Definitely an interesting read - but I think it might be better for sparking one-on-one discussions rather than necessarily as a storytime read. There are so many things in the background illustrations to talk about, relating to conservation and history, that I feel like this is definitely a book to take long pauses during.

Definitely liked the note at the back!
Panda Incognito
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2018, animals
This book's pacing was so abrupt that I sometimes felt like I had skipped a few pages. It was interesting to read a book from the perspective of a turtle over the course of history, but the story needed more development.
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May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by “Box Turtle.” The bright colors were wonderful and balanced out the plain story. The afterword was educational and interesting, too.
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Box Turtle by John Himmelman is a children's book that follows the life of a common Box turtle. However, there is nothing 'common’ about this old gel at all! She lives to be over a hundred years old. In the background if her life, we see humans arrive in the area. More and more homes appear. So do cars, and she gets run over by one. Thankfully, the rough incident only chipped her shell. A young boy finds her and keeps her as a pet until he leaves for college. He releases her back to the wild. De ...more
Dana Gisser
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was excited, as an associate director of a reptile rescue, to read this book but unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectations. It was cool to see history pass through the eyes of the box turtle but the writing style was not very interesting for the fact it is a picture book. I liked the pictures but I can't imagine the story holding the interest of a young child. I did really appreciate the last footnote page as a rescuer though.
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John Himmelman is the author and illustrator of more than sixty books for children, including Chickens to the Rescue. He lives in Connecticut with his family.

According John's Facebook page, he has been "making up stories and scribbling pictures since I could hold a crayon in my hand. It became my job in 1981, when my first book, "Talester the Lizard" was published during my last year in college (S
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