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I love books and I love book clubs, so it just seems natural to start a book club within this blog. On the first day of each month I will announce the book we will share. We will read the book and post comments.

One Tiny Turtle: Read and Wonder is the story of one Loggerhead turtle’s journey from hatchling to egg laying mother. We travel with her from nursery to stormy ocean, then to feeding grounds and finally, back to the beach she left behind many years before. The text is written in a poetic fashion that is fun to read aloud. In addition to the loggerhead story the book contains some general sea turtle facts, such as, “Fish breathe underwater, but turtles are reptiles and need to come up to the surface for air.” The playful text written by Nicola Davies and the painterly illustrations by Jane Chapman combine to make a book that could be called a work of art. One Tiny Turtle was published in 2001 by Candlewick Press. Eleven years later, when I am in a library I often see One Tiny Turtle pulled from the shelves and given a place of prominence. And during story times in the preschools and libraries I visit it is still often read. A statement to its popularity and timelessness. One Tiny Turtle will appeal to anyone who loves sea turtles, though it is geared toward children 5-8 years old.

Nicola Davies is a zoologist, as well as a writer. Her books all have nature themes and impart scientific information that is age appropriate for her young readers. Illustrator Jane Chapman is a published author and illustrator of many children’s books, including the Bear Series, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, Bear Feels Sick, and Bear in Bed.

Other Books by Nicola Davies:

Bat Loves the Night: Read and Wonder

Big Blue Whale: Read and Wonder

Surprising Sharks: Read and Wonder

Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Poop: A Natural History of the Unmentionable

Science Kids: Oceans and Seas

Ice Bear: Read and Wonder: In the Steps of the Polar Bear

What’s Eating You?: Parasites — The Inside Story

Other books by Jane Chapman:

Grumpy Badger’s Christmas

Bear Feels Sick

The Dark, Dark Night

Bear’s New Friend

The Bears in the Bed and The Great Big Storm

When We’re Together

Bear Wants More

Bear Feels Scared

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Barking Frog Reads

I love books and I love book clubs, so it just seems natural to start a book club within this blog. On the first day of each month I will announce the book we will share. We will read the book and post comments.

Stranger in the Woods

Stranger In the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick is a wonderful book for children 4-8 years old. The award-winning book is full of soft, quiet photographs and playful, fun-to-read text. The animals in the book come alive with unique voices and personalities. It is the perfect book to read as winter approaches.

Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick are both professional wildlife photographers. Their images have appeared in national and international publications, such as National Geographic and Nature’s Best. Together they use their beautiful photography to gently teach young readers an appreciation for nature. Visit their website at www.carlsams.com.

After reading the book, I will be surprised if you can keep yourselves from running to the woods and making your own snowman. And why not do it? If you do, please post a photograph of you and your snowman here, and tell us about your experience.

If you enjoy this book, below are links to more books by this creative pair.

First Snow in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy

Lost In The Woods: A Photographic Fantasy

When Snowflakes Fall

Find My Friends

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