Turtle in July

Bibliographic Information: Marilyn, Jerry Pinkney, and Leah Palmer. Preiss. Turtle in July. New York: Macmillan Pub., 1989.

Brief Annotation: Turtle in July is a collection of poems about a variety of animals and their actions during a certain times of the year. For example, the dog goes for a walk in the park during the spring and the cat lies on the chair during the winter.

Genre: Nature

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this: Students with a passion for animals and nature will enjoy Turtle in July. The book follows the journeys of different animals throughout the seasons.

Rating/Response: 3. I enjoyed Turtle in July because I was able to picture each of the animals’ actions. I connected with the stories on the dog and the cat because it reminded me of my own pets. I also liked that the story was written in poems. I especially liked the poem about the deer mouse because it was short, scattered thoughts, similar to how I think a deer mouse would act.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do animals do as the weather changes? Do they all do the same thing?

Reading Strategy: Visualization

Rationale for Strategy: Turtles in July is a great story to used when teaching visualization because it is composed of poems. While reading each poem separately students will picture the time of the year and image the personality and actions of the animals. 

Posted by: Kelsey Peterson

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