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.
[A] beautiful book . . . It would be a wonderful gift for any child.
. . . the book evokes curiosity as well as a sense of wonder and respect for these long-surviving reptiles.
A pleasant time in the company of turtles.
A poetic yet informative introduction to the lives of turtles that will motivate children to find out more.
. . . 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.
Turtle Pond is a delightful, quiet book that is perfect for sharing with youngsters always curious about the animal world.