Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What's the difference between a turtle, tortoise and terrapin?

What Kind of Turtle Am I?Tell me the truth. Do you know the difference between a turtle, a tortoise, and a terrapin? Not many people do, and I have to admit, if I was quizzed, I'd probably flunk! Thus enter the children's book, What Kind of Turtle Am I? by Donna M. Zappala.

Izzy is a turtle, however, as she basks in the sun, she wonders what kind of turtle she is. Surely, there must be somebody who knows, so she sets off in search of answers. Izzy runs into different animals, including a fish, bird, alligator, and snake, who provide little tidbits about themselves, but are unable to tell Izzy what kind of turtle she is. Finally, Izzy runs into a turtle who looks just like her. The turtle explains that there are many different turtles in the world--turtles, tortoises and terrapins. He explains how they have many things in common and also many differences. With a little wise advice from the adult diamondback terrapin, Izzy not only knows who she is, but gathers new friends along the way.

This is a wonderful book for any turtle lover or anyone looking to learn the difference between all the different kinds of turtles. Readers will be interested to learn that a big difference between tortoises and turtles are their shells, tortoises have clubbed feet not webbed, and they spend their days and nights in different places. If you're looking to share facts with your young readers, but in a fun story, What Kind of Turtle Am I? is just the read.

Additional Information:
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Dragonfly Publishing, Incorporated (April 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936381141
ISBN-13: 978-1936381142
Source of review copy: Author
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  1. I totally know the differences between the three, but my dad is a hobby herpetologist--someone who studies reptiles. Growing up, we had all three along with lizards and snakes and other creatures.

  2. Amy,

    That's so cool. That must have been so much fun as a kid.