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Every Turtle Counts Hardcover – April 1, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Peter E. Randall Publisher (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931807256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931807258
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hunter (The Lighthouse Santa) introduces a seven-year-old autistic girl named Mimi, who discovers a sea turtle on the beach in Cape Cod and refuses to leave it there. "Dead as a doornail," insists one of the locals, but a representative of the Massachusetts Audubon Society gives Mimi hope when he's called to pick up the turtle: it may just be "cold-shocked" after being trapped in the waters of the cape. Hunter gives an honest, unsentimental portrait of Mimi's developmental difficulties, and the emotional range of Spellman's (Oscar the Herring Gull) watercolors underscore the important connection Mimi makes with the rescued turtle, Ridley 3. After Ridley 3 is moved to an aquarium to rehabilitate, Mimi tries to help feed it with tongs. " ‘Eat, turtle,' she said, tickling the sides of its mouth.... It was the first time Mimi had ever put her own sentence together." In a moving epilogue set 30 years in the future, Mimi re-appears as an adult scientist, driving home the idea that the oft-repeated message of the title applies to more than just turtles. Ages 5–9."—Publishers Weekly

"a captivating and compelling new book with an unusual twist -- its heroine is autistic….beautifully illustrated...tells the story of an extraordinary environmental occurrence"—Henry Miller, Huffington Post

"A perfectly paced adventure….the book is a thoughtful, beautifully illustrated way to teach kids about thinking outside their own understanding of the world to help others."—Lane Brown, Christian Science Monitor

“An enchanting picture book about a young girl who finds strength in helping animals. . . the matter-of-fact, compassionate depiction of Mimi’s special needs is both child friendly and honest. The author’s gentle voice rings just as clearly in her explanation of endangered sea turtles . . . this beautifully written story may help inspire a new generation of open-minded activists.”—Kirkus Review

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“A lovely book that will motivate children to seek the wonder and beauty of the natural world.” (Temple Grandin, author, Animals in Translation)

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The story and the illustrations are touching and beautiful.
Mary Mack
Besides the great story, I learned a lot about Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles!
This Kid Reviews Books
This book will be one that your kids will want to read over and over!
Lori Tuttle

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By This Kid Reviews Books on July 5, 2014
I really liked the double meaning in this book. The book is titled “Every Turtle Counts” but it could also be “Every Person Counts.” Mimi never gives up on a frozen turtle she finds on the beach even though adults around her are telling her it’s dead and to get rid of it. Mimi’s caring mom listens to what Mimi is saying and calls the Audubon Society to help. Mimi is autistic and has trouble with people being close to her and also has trouble talking, but the book explains it all in a very kid-friendly way. The illustrations are wonderful and really add to the telling of the story. I like the message in the book about how caring for an animal can help people (disabled or not). Besides the great story, I learned a lot about Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles! I never heard of them before. There is an author’s not in the back of the book to explain about the turtles even more. The migration of the turtles is amazing!
*NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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Summary: When Mimi, a 7 year-old girl with autism, discovers a young turtle on the beach, she is the only one who refuses to give it up for dead. Finally, her mother calls the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and the man who comes over tells Mimi she did exactly the right thing. Mimi and her mother follow the Kemp’s ridley turtle’s months-long journey to recovery at the New England Aquarium, until finally the turtle is ready to be tagged released into the ocean. Along the way, Mimi connects to the turtle and starts to communicate in ways she has never done before. The last page of the book shows an adult Mimi, now a scientist, discovering her turtle with its tag intact, on the beach in 2045.

Pros: This is a compelling story with a lot of scientific information. Mimi’s journey is as inspiring as the turtle’s. The Author’s Note gives more information about the Kemp’s ridley turtles, and the endpapers have a map showing the journey of Mimi’s turtle from Mexico to the Cape.

Cons: The illustrations didn’t particularly grab me.
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This is a very special book. I bought it because I know the author and love her other works, and I am so very glad that I did. Not only is it a wonderful story from many different angles, but it provides life lessons for adults and children alike (teaching acceptance, empathy, and the importance of each living being, just for starters). It also educated me about a topic that I knew nothing about before--the amazing, and endangered, Kemp's ridley sea turtles. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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Sara Hoagland Hunter writes books for young readers that entertain and illuminate. As with her previous books The Unbreakable Code and The Lighthouse Santa, she has chosen another quiet though heroic protagonist; this one happens to be an autistic child who is especially tuned into her natural surroundings. When the child, Mimi, finds a barely alive turtle, her stubborn determination to make sure it survives makes this a great story for kids. And while Mimi's autism spectrum disorder is part of her character, it doesn't dominate the book--she's presented as a slightly irregular kid who cares. Woven into the story is a lesson on the miraculous and against-all-odds journey of the Kemp's ridley sea turtle, today on the brink of extinction. Hunter's gentle narrative is complemented by Susan Spellman's lovely watercolor illustrations , which convey the security and comfort of simpler times while beautifully rendering the story. In the wake of heightened environmental concerns and local action, this book will be welcomed in homes and school libraries everywhere. Highly recommended.
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Is a child at your house learning to swim and finding it quite a challenge? He is sure to be fascinated by the story of a lost turtle far from home. Born on a Mexican beach she strays to Cape Cod. With a lot of tender help---the sort of help we all need---she is rescued and relaunched. Will she overcome every obstacle and swimming for years make it back to lay her eggs where she herself was born? Who is on the beach to greet her?
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