Maybe it's just me, but don't some books just push you away? No, wait, that's not right. Let me rephrase that. Sometimes there are books that are so engaging that they send readers off to other resources to learn more about their subject matter. Better?
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm was one of those books for me. Turtle's story sent me off to learn more about the Florida Keys, 1930's comic strips, paper dolls, an old guy named Papa, places like Pepe's and Papa Joe's, mail order houses, Shirley Temple, and historic hurricanes. My curiosity was was also fueled by several trips over the years to the Keys and a fascination with their history.
So I did some digging, learned a ton of information, took a couple pictures, and decided to share those resources with my students during our next read aloud. Posting various book resources to a school blog for students began with The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963, and continued with The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things, and When You Reach Me, but Turtle in Paradise is the first time I did a whole book. (Wonder was the second time.)
Here a link to my original review of Turtle in Paradise, and here is a chapter by chapter guide to our read aloud resources. I hope you find them helpful.