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.