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Mossy Hardcover – September 18, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; First Edition edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399257829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399257827
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 10.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3-Mossy, an eastern box turtle, lives in the deep shade of Lilypad Pond, and the moss growing on her carapace offers fertile ground for a variety of plants. The garden on her back draws the attention of a local naturalist who takes the oddity to her museum as a living display. Mossy, unhappy and missing her home (as well as her special turtle friend), is returned to the wild after her portrait is painted for a happy ending all around. The sweet, simply written story reiterates an important message of respect for the environment. But this is a book by Jan Brett, so the watercolor and gouache illustrations trump the narrative in the storytelling. Here, the artist's familiar borders hold a field guide's worth of expert paintings: butterflies, mosses, fungi, wildflowers, orchids, feathers, crystals, shells, insects, fossils, and seeds. They frame each spread, and detailed illustrations follow the text and include predictive medallions that introduce characters or secondary plot details. Labeling the small drawings would have increased the curricular use of the title, but this omission does not detract from the book's overall value. Mossy is a beauty.-Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NCα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Jan Brett lives in Norwell, Massachusetts.

More About the Author

Jan Brett is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gingerbread Friends, The Three Snow Bears, and The Mitten, as well as many other classics. She lives in Norwell, Massachusetts.

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I'm sure all children will love this book.
Elizabeth Waldron
I used it to launch a lesson about being aware of the awesome beauty of nature.
Curly Girl
This is beautiful in both its story and the illustration.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nancy VINE VOICE on November 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First, with the name Jan Brett you know that you will not be disappointed with the illustrations. What she is able to put on the page is just phenomenal.

Second, the storyline is always tender with a lovely moral to be shared. One cannot go wrong with any of her books.

Mossy, a young Eastern Box turtle loves the damp coolness of Lilypad pond and spends so much time there that little pieces of moss begin to grow on her back. As the season changes, the moss and other seeds begin to grow and Mossy is able to look into the water and see the beautiful garden that is growing on her back.

One day, as she is looking into the water a pair of beautiful red eyes looks back at her. Scoot, a young male turtle, has never been as fascinated with another turtle as he is with Mossy.

Young love must have its challenges and when a botanist discovers Mossy, she is whisked away to be the center attraction at a local museum. The two young turtles long for each other and it takes the loving heart of a young child to see what Mossy is missing.

The illustrations are what will keep you coming back to this book. Around each of the pages is a border that a young child and reader can point to and discuss. Butterflies and mushroom and seashells, plus so much more to keep each entertain throughout several reading of this wonderful book.

I highly recommend both this and any book that has been written and illustrated by Jan Brett.
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First let me say that I have had a lifelong fascination with turtles - all kinds of turtles; turtles from around the world. Needless to say that when I find a children's book featuring a turtle I am absolutely delighted. This little book has so very much going for it from my point of view. These points are as follow in no special order...they are all important as far as I am concerned:

There is the art work. My goodness Jan Brett is one of the best. I am quite familiar with her work with "Gingerbread Friends," "The Three Snow Bears," and "The Mitten" being among my favorite. It was "The Mitten" that hooked me on her work. Her depictions of nature; flowers, plants, animals are absolutely stunning and eye catching.

There is the story. This may be a children's book but it teaches lessons is a very subtle way which gives the adult reader, as they read this one with a child, all kinds of openings for good discussion. There is the fact that animals really should not be taken from nature even though they may seem like ideal pets (Or museum displays in this case). Thousands of "critters" are lost each year simply because they look cute. Turtles are especially vulnerable. A turtle in its natural surroundings is much more appealing and much happier than one in a cage, not matter how nice the cage is.

There is the little sneaky history lesson here. This work gives the adult an opportunity to give the child a wonderful little mini lesson as to Edwardian times; their culture, clothing and life style.

There is the lesson dealing with compassion. The children most certainly showed this compassion and they acted upon it.

There is the fact that children simply like this work and enjoy having it read to them over and over again.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Jackson on October 3, 2012
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I bought this book for my four year old, as he is in love with all of Jan Brett's books. This is sure to become another favorite. Sweet story, beautiful, intricate illustrations - we read this over and over again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeop71 on October 21, 2012
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I am so happy. I love turtles. Jan Brett had never written a book about turtles that I had read.
The book is a great size to handle. The colors are so beautiful and the story is superb.
The value of the book is supreme. It arrived quickly and in perfect shape.
What a wonderful transaction.
Thank you so much.
A Jan Brett and Amazon fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marlene on February 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Okay, so who knew turtles could be so cute? Jan Brett manages to somehow make these over-the-top adorable turtles express emotion through their facial expressions, a feat which I'm sure was not easy, yet she pulls it off seamlessly!

I have read "Mossy" countless times since my children and I found this gem of a book at the library. We have our own copy now, which we read at least a few times a week, and my three-year-old and five-year-old daughters can't get enough of it. Even my nine-year-old son lingers when we sit down to read this book out loud. They soak up all the beautiful drawings and sneak-peeks that Jan includes on the edges of so many of her stories.

Sweet, adorable story with just enough drama and a happy ending.

My three-year-old sometimes sleeps with this book. And every turtle we see in another book, at the pet store, etc. is now either christened "Mossy" or "Scoot".

Jan Brett is a fantastic author and artist, and our family appreciates her books and creativity so much!

FYI, if you go to janbrett.com and type "Mossy" in the search field, there are some cute printables she's made, including one where your child can cut out flowers and moss and decorate Mossy's shell with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CLHMomma on February 11, 2013
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Brett's illustrations are always beautiful and we appreciated the message about not turning wild animals into pets - as the story demonstrates, wild creatures prefer the beautiful, spacious outdoors to any cage we can build them. The story was a little predictable for adults, but it's an important message for young people to learn.
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