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Children's Fiction Turtles

Ptolemy Turtle

illustrated by Mélisande Potter-Hall

Kingston Publishers Ltd.
Initial publish date
Jan 1992
Turtles, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1992
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
  • Reading age: 3 to 8


Ptolemy Turtle lived on the edge of the White River under a heavenly allspice tree. All around were the sweet colours of Jamaica.

Young Ptolemy gets hit on the head by a falling breadfruit and discovers why he loves watermelon. Dazed by the blow he sees visions of angels and learns the importance of politeness and the ability to reason.

Ptolemy Turtle is an imaginative coming of age story set in the rich and vibrant culture of Jamaica.


About the author

MELISANDE POTTER-HALL wrote her first children\s book in 1971 in which she received an Ingram Merrill literary award. Since then she has written many children\'s stories.'

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