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.
Jan Brett lives in Norwell, Massachusetts.
What a funny idea for a book! The story is sweet, and the illustrations are beautiful!Published 6 months ago by Amy in KY
Obvioulsy a hit had to read it to our grand daughter 4 times the first time she got the bookPublished 6 months ago by Robert L. Halvorson
FOR MY SISTER WHO COLLECTS JAN BRETT BOOKS. I HOPE SHE DOESN'T HAVE THIS.Published 8 months ago by shedas
One of the most beautifully illustrated books & stories my child & I have read. We borrowed from a library originally & we loved it so much we had to buy it.Published 9 months ago by Sheriden Lark
Wonderfully written book, and as always a great message! Jan Brett's books are a great read. I would recommend that anyone read her books.Published 10 months ago by Becky