Myrtle’s Game – Cynthia Reyes and Lauren Reyes-Grange, illustrated by Jo Robinson (2018, Weaverback Press)
I read Cynthia’s first story about Myrtle, the adorable purple turtle, with huge pleasure – and anticipated that her second book, Myrtle’s Game – co-authored with Cynthia’s daughter Lauren and gorgeously illustrated by Jo Robinson – would be just as beautifully presented. As I expected, it was, celebrating the love and support of friends and reinforcing positive messages about loving oneself and having the courage and confidence to persevere and thrive when others don’t believe in you. And while both of the stories may be geared for an audience of children, adults sometimes need a little refresher, as well! 🙂
I would absolutely recommend reading Myrtle the Purple Turtle and Myrtle’s Game aloud to the children in your life. The power and importance of reading to others cannot be overlooked. (Check out these articles and resources from the Canadian Paedriatic Society about early literacy and the Globe and Mail about reading aloud to the elderly).
I loved this guest post that Cynthia did for Chris Graham’s blog (Chris the Story Reading Ape) – she talks about how Myrtle’s Game came about and the challenges faced while trying to bring it to print.
Finally, don’t forget to take a look at the blogs of Cynthia, Lauren, and Jo!
Cynthia has some wonderful books.
I, too, think the Myrtle books are gems. I’ve just requested that my library purchase them to add to the collection. A great way to promote a writer.
On behalf of Lauren, Jo and myself, thank you, thank you, thank you, Sheryl. It’s a big honour to have our book reviewed by you, a consummate reader, author and librarian. (And a fellow gardener, to boot!)
I also thank you for the link to the article and resources that you provide here: your post is a treasure trove of interesting and useful information. Regarding reading aloud: I suspect that my background in television has something to do with the fact that all my books seem tailor-made to be read aloud! (Yikes, I’m writing in the wrong genre! Oh, dear.) Thanks again, Sheryl for this generous post, and congrats on your own prolific writing!
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Excellent review, Sheryl! I love the Myrtle books too 😀
I bought several copies of Myrtle the Turtle when it first arrived. Such a delight. Thanks for the review of the sequel.