Thurston T. Turtle Moves to Hubbleville: Children’s Book Review

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We’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of Pandora’s Deals this week and since books and reading to my kids are both things near and dear to me, I’ve saved this review and giveaway for this week.  I loved this book and think you will, too!

I’ve loved books and loved to read since I was a little kid. My Mom always read to me and I do the same with  my kids.  It’s one of our favorite things to do together, curl up with a stack of books.  My daughter is in kindergarten and reading on her own now which is so exciting for her and me!  She’s had lots of practice: I once found 17 books hidden under her pillows and comforter.  Little book hoarder.  So, I was really excited about this opportunity to review a children’s book, Thurston T. Turtle Moves to Hubbleville by Micki Bare.

The author, Micki, writes from a position of extensive professional experience in early childhood education and she’s a mom herself.  This lady knows what she’s doing and you can tell when you dive into the books.  This book was unique among many of the kids’ books that I’ve read with my kids.  Her Thurston T. Turtle books are designed to challenge, teach, and entertain and we had success in all three areas.

This book is about a sweet guy, Thurston T. Turtle, who moves to Hubbleville from out of town.  As he settles in he meets all the locals in town somehow manages to elude the one person who is most anxious to meet him: Mr. Possum, the writer and publisher of the town newspaper.  Mr. Possum is what you might call a busybody and we had a ton of fun with this character.  If you like to use silly voices when you read to your kids, you’ll love Mr. Possum!

There were a couple things about this book that I really liked, in addition to a great story.  Thurston T. Turtle is a chapter book, 11 chapters to be exact.  While an older child could read this book on his or her own, I read it to my daughter (and my 3 year-old son when he wanted to join in!).  We read one chapter every night before bed and threw a couple in in the afternoons once in a while, too.  Once we got toward the end of the book we got through the last few chapters quickly because we were anxious to see how the story ended.  Reading a chapter book was fun because we got to come back and pick up where we left off each day.  We’d recap what we had read so far which was great for building reading comprehension.  It was also just something for us to look forward to doing together each day.

Another thing I really liked about this book was the challenging vocabulary.  By challenging I don’t mean that the book was over my daughter’s head.  There are plenty of descriptive words and context clues to help kids easily understand what some of the bigger words mean (and I double as a dictionary for my kids, too!).  I’ve always liked books that teach my kids new words and new ideas.  They both had amazing vocabularies from a very young age and I know it’s because we read to them from the time they were babies.

My daughter and I really enjoyed Thurston T. Turtle Moves to Hubbleville and I’m sure we’ll read it again together more than once until she’s reading it all on her own.  This is a book that’s great for a wide age range.  My 3 year-old didn’t stay interested each night when were reading, but he did enjoy bits and pieces of the story and there are some really nice pictures throughout the book to help you ‘see’ what you’re reading about.  It was perfect to read to my 6 year-old, and if you’ve got an older child who reads on their own, they’d enjoy this book, too.  I found my daughter chillin’ on her favorite chair reading our Thurston T. Turtle book just the other day.  Yup, a hole in her knee, beads on her anklet, and a good book in her hand.  That’s my girl.

We’re really looking forward to the latest adventures of Thurston T. Turtle!  The newest book, Thurston T. Turtle and the Legend of the Lemonade was just recently released.  Thurston T. Turtle and the Precarious Puppy is due out in 2013.  Can’t wait to see what our friends will be doing in these new books! You can keep up with all the news and happenings in the world of Thurston T. Turtle by following Micki Bare, @TurtleAuthor on Twitter, and following Thurston T. Turtle moves to Hubbleville on Facebook.

Micki Bare has generously offering to give two lucky readers their own copy of Thurston T. Turtle Moves to Hubbleville.  This giveaway runs from April 3 to April 11, 2012 and is open to U.S. residents only.  Enter to win here!

I was provided with a copy of Thurston T. Turtle Moves to Hubbleville to facilitate this review.  The opinions in this post are 100% mine.  You can read my full disclosure policy here.




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