Saturday, January 19, 2013

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm Resources

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.

Chapter 1-2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14 
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18


  1. I loved your readers guide for Wonder. It really filed in some gaps for us during our read aloud time. I will have to check out this new book. Will you post the link for The Watsons Go to Birmingham guide?
    Thank you for sharing your hard work!

  2. Sheila, The Watsons Go to Birmingham resources are incomplete - they were some of the first I ever did, and I just added images as I thought of them during the read aloud - but you can find them. After clicking on the Turtle in Paradise links, find the Watsons label in the right margin of the site.

    I hope to polish them up one day, make them more organized and teacher friendly. (I hope to!) :-)

    Thanks for visiting the site and for asking about the Watsons links.



All comments are moderated and will not appear until approved. If your comment is an answer for the PBID Challenge, it will appear with all other answers on the following Monday. Remember to check back then!