Turtle Crossing: Malve von Hassell
Changes can often impact in young children and living in the same burrow on a hill provided comfort and warmth for Oliver. Even though he is a turtle he is no different than a child who might not want to leave his friends and move far away. Papa Turtle moves slowly and does not say a lot. He mostly sits in the sun and tells Oliver’s tales of the adventures of famous turtles. Mama Turtle Has chubby legs but do not let that fool you she can out race the best. The watercolor illustrations help bring the turtles to life. But, what happens when Mama tells him they must move because the burrow was too small but first when he tried to imitate his mother walking on three legs, searching for strawberries and even getting in trouble with this father you must read for what. When his parents call him to come into the living room his whole world seems to collapse right inside the burrow. They must move because the burrow is too small, and they will live among the Hoola Turtles in the land below the hill. He’’ meet tons of cousins but he wants to know is they must go and there is no choice in the matter. His father told him that he will meet many cousins that will be happy to meet him and all great great great grandchildren of Great great great grandfather Scaly He is told that the journey sill begins, and she is going to collect leaves, acorn nuts and more for the journey but Oliver was upset. After all he did not want to move, and mot have his strawberry patch that was just becoming ripe.
Imagining about his great great great grandfather and wondering about his voice. Oliver decided to not go along with this parent and hide and stay behind living in the old burrow. What will happen if he does not go? He was quiet and his parents decided to press on and get started thinking he was on his way without them. They went and Papa was moving slowly, and Oliver could see the strawberry patch, fell asleep and woke up seeing dark clouds above his rock. Children at times do not realize the result of their actions and he felt alone and lonely although the strawberries did make him better, but his stomach hurt. Where was Mama and Papa Turtle what will he do next? Oliver has a decision to make and then starts to run with all his might and meets up with many curves and hills and gets many obstacles in his way. But, stopping in his tracks he wonders What was in front of him and then must decide where to go and how to get to his parents. Scratchy branches on a tree that had fallen on the rail, what is going to do? Something inside of him told him that he could do anything, and climbing was not an option he could hear his father’s voice telling him he might fall so how would he overcome the obstacles and get around the crown of tree that was high in the cornstalks? What would happen if he got lost and then he ran, ran and ran and you will not believe what he encountered.
Fear cane and we realize that when he pulls his head inside of his shell and hoped that the monster or whatever was out there would not get him. But Oliver is resourceful, smart and realizes that even though his feet hurt and walking on the black surface was painful and following the funny smell and the black path he was not coming to give up. Turtle Crossing is where he needed to be, and he need to find the arrow pointing in that direction. Following paths, entering a field that when you look at the picture you will want to be there too, and would you believe a cabbage leaf and the most luscious and they look delicious strawberries he had ever seen. An ending that will surprise you when he meets someone and hears his voice telling him what he thought about his journey, how he knew that he encountered many obstacles and what his family thought of his struggles to get to Turtle Crossing. Just what would his parents say and what about his family? Then something comes to him and you will not believe what it is. Did he forget his house? What does he finally realize and what lessons can be learned by children reading this book? You can do almost anything if you try? Never give up on yourself? Where is his house and what does he finally realize? What about the Turtle in the last picture just who is that and why does he finally realize he might just be home? Look at the last picture of Oliver and figure that one out along with him. The author includes Interesting facts about Box Turtles, where they live and how long they live. She also included three pages of questions or talking points for parents and educators to discuss with young children about turtles and adults can learn a lot too. Science lessons can become an outgrowth from reading this book and finally A riddle, turtle jokes and a short story called Turtles all the way down. Oliver learns many lessons along the way but several that hit home: Family is wherever you live, home is right there with you all the time and you can overcome obstacles if you try. He is truly smart and reading this book will encourage other children to overcome obstacles and never give up.
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