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Turtle Pond

by James Gladstone, illustrated by Karen Reczuch

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published: May 2018
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Description

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.

About the Authors
James Gladstone is an editor and writer of school and trade books for children. When Planet Earth Was New is his first book with Owlkids. James lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Karen Reczuch has illustrated many children's books, including The Auction by Jan Andrews, a Governor General's Award Finalist, Just Like New by Ainslie Manson, which was shortlisted for the IODE (National Chapter) Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award and which won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, The Story of Life on Earth, which was shortlisted for the Science in Society Children's Book Award and Salmon Creek, winner of the BC Book Prize for illustrated children's literature. She lives in Acton, Ontario.
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Contributor Notes

JAMES GLADSTONE is an editor and author of books for children. He has also written the highly acclaimed picture book When Planet Earth Was New, illustrated by Katherine Diemert, and, most recently, Turtle Pond, illustrated by Karen Reczuch. James lives in Toronto.

Karen Reczuch has illustrated many award-winning children’s books. Her recent works include Turtle Pond by James Gladstone and West Coast Wild by Deborah Hodge, which won the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award. She has also illustrated The Auction by Jan Andrews, a Governor General’s Award finalist; Just Like New by Ainslie Manson, winner of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award; and Salmon Creek, winner of the BC Book Prize. Karen’s work includes scientific, historical and archaeological illustration, and has been exhibited internationally. Karen lives in Lake Country, BC.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
k to 3
Reading age:
4 to 7
Editorial Reviews

[A] beautiful book . . . It would be a wonderful gift for any child.

— Resource Links

. . . the book evokes curiosity as well as a sense of wonder and respect for these long-surviving reptiles.

— Literacy Daily

A poetic yet informative introduction to the lives of turtles that will motivate children to find out more.

— Kirkus Reviews

Turtle Pond is a delightful, quiet book that is perfect for sharing with youngsters always curious about the animal world.

— CM Magazine

. . . illustrated in striking watercolors . . . The wonder and excitement of seeing turtles as they live through all four seasons emphasizes the curiosity people feel about this ancient species.

— Booklist

A pleasant time in the company of turtles.

— School Library Journal

Praise for West Coast Wild, illustrated by Karen Reczuch:
“[Reczuch’s] precisely drafted illustrations find majesty and beauty in the creatures, vegetation, and landscapes that make the Pacific Northwest so distinctive.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Skilfully combine[s] instruction and delight, weaving together information and beautiful art.” Quill & Quire, starred review

Praise for Loon, illustrated by Karen Reczuch:
“...stunning...” Globe and Mail
“This book...has a lyrical text and lush, full-color illustrations.” School Library Journal
“A powerful, so-Canadian beauty suffuses Karen Reczuch’s illustrations...” Toronto Star

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