Myrtle the Purple Turtle by Cynthia Reyes, illustrated by Jo Robinson (Weaverback Press, 2017)
How do you go about talking to small children about difficult concepts such as bullying, exclusion/inclusion, and diversity? How do you comfort and instill confidence in a child who has been made to feel different? How do you encourage bullies to respect others? How do you help parents and educators give the children in their care the tools they need to celebrate individuality?
With the help of a purple turtle named Myrtle, perhaps! Myrtle may be absolutely adorable (just look at her!), but she’s on a serious mission in Cynthia Reyes’ new children’s book, a smart and sweet story about loving and accepting your special place in the world. Beautifully and sensitively written, and illustrated by Jo Robinson with the most lush colours imaginable (can you even believe those purples?), Myrtle the Purple Turtle transcends “cute” with an important message, one that will resonate with readers…of all shells.
Huge thanks, Sheryl, for taking the time to buy my book, read it, and review it! That’s a gift and I am most grateful.
It’s a special book that has touched the lives of many people already! Congratulations again!
Looks like a fun children’s book.
It is, indeed!
Thanks, Jason. Having read most of your blog posts, I am pretty sure you’ll like it!
A beautiful book!
I purchase books at Christmastime for the children in my life. I will make a point to see where this lovely book will fit on my list! Thank you for such a good review.
It would make a wonderful gift, for sure! Books are the best presents!
Thank you, Debra. If you do purchase the book, I’d love to hear your response! thanks also to Sheryl for the gift of this sparkling review.
You’re very welcome, Cynthia! Your work more than deserves such praise! 🙂
An excellent review of a very special book.
Thank you, Clare! Cynthia has definitely written a wonderfully inspiring and uplifting story.
A perfect review! And I agree about the colours. I keep looking at them, and delighting in them.
Thank you! I can’t get enough of the illustrations – they are absolutely precious, and fit the story perfectly.
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