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World Turtle Day

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This list is from World Turtle Day, which takes place every year on May 23. But I'm updating it now because I recently visited the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre near Peterborough, ON, and now have turtles on the brain. Plus the first book on the list, Saving Turtles, was written by Sue Carstairs, who is the veterinarian at the OTCC. The book is wonderful and inspiring—and the centre is too!
Gus the Tortoise Takes a Walk

Gus the Tortoise Takes a Walk

edition:Hardcover
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It’s a busy day at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax. Gus the Tortoise is getting his new home, and while the curator is away, Elliot is in charge of moving all the boxes in and out of the museum to set up Gus’s home. But Elliot makes a big mistake, and the box with Gus in it gets left outside long enough for Gus to wander away! He strolls up and down Spring Garden Road, taking in all the exciting Halifax sights, while Elliot frantically searches for him. Finally Gus ends up in a quie …

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Raise Some Shell

Raise Some Shell

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Celebrating the persistence of Turtle Power

Raise Some Shell critically and cleverly examines the origins, evolution, and impact of the Ninja Turtles phenomenon — from its beginning as a self-published black-and-white comic book in 1984, through its transformation into a worldwide transmedia phenomenon by the middle of the 1990s, and up to the sale of the property to Nickelodeon in 2009 and relaunch of the Turtles with new comics, cartoons, and a big-budget Hollywood film.

With the eye of conte …

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The Back Of The Turtle

The Back Of The Turtle

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Winner of the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction!

This is Thomas King’s first literary novel in 15 years and follows on the success of the award-winning and bestselling The Inconvenient Indian and his beloved Green Grass, Running Water and Truth and Bright Water, both of which continue to be taught in Canadian schools and universities. Green Grass, Running Water is widely considered a contemporary Canadian classic.
In The Back of the Turtle, Gabriel returns to Smoke River, th …

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Turtle Pond

Turtle Pond

edition:Hardcover
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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 portr …

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Swimming with Turtles

Swimming with Turtles

Spirit of Place
edition:Paperback

This book is moving and true. Mexico begins with the shock of dislocation, entry into "the exotic"; Caribbean Odyssey feels like a darker and more troubled grappling with spirit and place (and the Bolden references are terrific.) In the third movement the traveler feels more settled; humour is available, with a kind of exhaustion around the edges that accepts the surreal almost as status quo. And then in the South Seas there's the sense of cosmic openness, contemplation, agape. Hula Hymns celebr …

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