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Myrtle the Purple Turtle Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-27 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 15 user ratings
ISBN:0620773421
LANGUAGE:English

"When I was in grade school, I had to do a project on turtles. For a visual aid, my dad carved a soap turtle that we name Myrtle the Turtle. So, the title of this book caught my eye, and the description of a character accepting her difference appealed. The author offered us a copy of the book in exchange for a review.

V's Review

A talking purple turtle becomes self-conscious before accepting her coloring.

At the beginning of the book, Myrtle thinks nothing of her purple color. When another turtle teases her, however, she tries to dye herself green. Her thought-sequence is clearly explained, which could help a young audience process similar feelings. Mytle's friends respond to her identity crisis with love, she accepts herself, but there is no resolution with the teasing turtle.

Although T is not old enough to have experienced teasing, he understands that our actions can affect others' feelings; Myrtle the Purple Turtle was a good springboard for such a dialogue. In asking T questions for his portion of the review, I found that he didn't understand why one turtle would be mean. We then discussed why someone might be mean, and how we can respond to mean behavior, and how we should try to act even when we feel like being mean. Although T doesn't identify with the turtles, this was useful in discussing compassionate actions and reactions.

T's Review
(age 3 years)

V: What was this turtle book about?

T: Myrtle the Purple Turtle.

V: Was there a problem?

T: That that other turtle was being mean to her.

V: How should the other turtle have been?

T: Niiiice

V: How did you feel reading the book? Why?

T: Bad because that turtle was being not nice to that turtle.

V: And did you feel sad for the whole book or did you ever feel happy?

T: I feeled happy when she made herself green.

V: What would you do if you met Myrtle? Would you say anything to her?

T: I would give her a big hug. I would say I have your own book now.

V: Did you learn anything from this book?

T: I learned that you should be nice to animals.

V: What about people?

T: You should be nice to people too.

V: Was there anything you didn't understand in the book?

T: I didn't understand why that turtle was not being nice to Myrtle. Turtles be nice to other turtles but that turtle wasn't being nice to Myrtle the Purple Turtle. That was confusing to me.
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" I really love the illustrations in this book. I had a difficult time getting into the story. It was a bit longer than it needed to be in my opinion. I would recommend it for middle-school aged kids. " said.

" Myrtle the Purple Turtle is a delightful children’s picture book. The illustrator has done a great job using vibrant colours, ideal for kids. Poor Myrtle is treated like Rudolph the red-nose reindeer―laughed at and left out―but good old Mom steps in and reassures Myrtle that there is nothing wrong with being different. Children will not only enjoy this story; they will learn a valuable lesson too. " said.

"Cynthia Reyes’ picture book, Myrtle the Purple Turtle, seems on the surface to be a simple story about a turtle. As a turtle-lover, that was a good enough premise for me! However, as I kept reading, I realized that this was a story about learning to accept oneself. In particular, it’s about the pain caused by feeling like an outsider for something as unchangeable as the colour of one’s skin. This book will be a joy to children who need to be told, again and again, that they are beautiful in the skin they’re in, that the beauty of diversity is one which includes them. Just as the diverse turtles in the story rejoice in their differences and in their friendship, children of all ethnicities will rejoice with them. Myrtle may have started out as a humble turtle, but she packs a punch in driving home the message of unity in diversity, and inclusion. The illustrations are cute, especially the ones of Myrtle, and I think children will love them. For me, they are a little unfinished looking, and sometimes confusing as to what moment they are illustrating. Overall, a very satisfying book, and one that children will treasure." said.

" What a precious book for everyone...not just children. How many times have teens, adults, even old folks like me wished we could be someone else? Cynthia Reyes did a marvelous job with this story and the illustrator likewise captured the mood to the last detail.I love this book and will use it in my GriefShare ministry. Great job, Cynthia! " said.

" Such a delightful story about the importance of living through the heart and not the sometimes discriminatory nature of the eyes. A wonderful read for young children and their caregivers, who can always use the reminder of the value of love and friendship. Highly recommended. " said.

"“Myrtle the Purple Turtle,” a children’s book by Cynthia Reyes, has been out in the world for awhile (it was published in 2017). “Myrtle” has been on my wish list for a long while, and today I finally broke down and picked up the Kindle version for myself.

Myrtle is a purple turtle, happy with life and what she likes and does, until a crabby, conceited, and prejudiced green turtle comes along. The green turtle makes fun of purple Myrtle’s appearance, and she becomes dejected, wishing to be green like other turtles. In the end, with a little help from Mom and her little turtle friends, Myrtle arrives at the understanding that it’s natural to be different, and in truth, every being is different and unique in its own way.

What I came away with in reading “Myrtle” is the message that we should realize that although we are the same, we each are unique. Moreover, it’s good to fit in with others, but isn’t grand to have distinctive appearances, talents, likes, dislikes, et cetera—some things we can call our own and share with others? I think so.

I believe this is a worthwhile children’s book. Not only does it help teach to be considerate of others, it also teaches that you don’t have to do, or be like, your friends, celebrities, or anybody else. It’s like the old saying many of us heard our parents say as we were growing up: “If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you, too?” Don’t follow the crowd. —Something in that vein.

The illustrations by Jo Robinson are brilliantly colored, sharp, and charming. They help the visual aspect of the written story, and they will certainly catch the young – and older – eye.

“Myrtle the Purple Turtle” is great summertime reading and would make a very thoughtful gift for youngsters for any occasion, any time of the year. Recommended.
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"‘Myrtle the Purple Turtle’ is one of the most striking, original children’s books released in recent years.

I was immediately drawn in by the welcoming cover of Myrtle proudly striding along and I quickly became engaged with this wonderful character.

As a purple turtle, Myrtle has never considered herself any different from the other turtles and is happy and confident in her life. Until one day a rude turtle laughs and taunts her for being ‘different’.

What follows next is a touching, tender and lively story to which we can all relate when faced with inconsiderate hurtful comments. As Myrtle sets out on a journey of self-discovery and understanding…finding some help from her mother and friends along the way, she learns to accept herself and others.

I quickly lost myself within Myrtle’s world and empathised with her hurt and confusion … cheering her on as this feisty being sought deeper understanding.

The language of the book flows with ease and it is well written in brief sentences, which are kept lively with the use of direct speech. Children and adults will be equally enraptured by Myrtle and captivated by her story.

The illustrations are the crowning glory of this book - they are superbly and deftly drawn with a huge emotional impact and are visually appealing. The drawings, which are vibrant and luscious, are fun and often cheeky; I couldn’t stop giggling at the image of the two head-butting turtles. The illustrations and story blend seamlessly together to lift the story onto a deeper level, exploring the themes of what makes us unique and ultimately learning to embrace ourselves and others. As the author herself say to ‘Love Your Shell’.

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Myrtle the Purple Turtle’ and it is an entertaining and uplifting book which deserves to be on every child’s bookcase…it is one they (and you) will happily return to time and again.

I received a free no obligation preview copy of this book from the author and this is my honest unbiased review.
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