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Myrtle the Purple Turtle Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-13 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 15 user ratings
ISBN:0620773421
LANGUAGE:English

" 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’ 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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"This is a superbly attractive children's picture book that will engage young children from cover to cover. The illustrations are amazing. The pictures of Myrtle and her friends in their idyllic surroundings are memorable. The story is beautifully written in a simple language style young children can easily relate to.

Not only does this wonderful story express the importance of self-acceptance and friendship; it also encourages the topic of love for diversity along with the acknowledgement/acceptance of being different.
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"This beautifully written and illustrated book, with a wonderful rhyming name that children will remember, will immediately attract young readers to the story of Myrtle the Purple Turtle. Myrtle is very happy being purple until she is bullied by one of the other turtles and begins to question why she is different. Myrtle is a heart-warming story about what it is to feel different, how we try to change to fit in, and ultimately that our differences make us special. Today, when children are under great pressure and bullying on social media is prevalent, it is more important than ever that children learn that difference is good, that our unique traits make us special and that self-acceptance and acceptance of others is important. Myrtle is an important story, helping children to accept and love themselves and others as they are. Gentle, funny and uplifting, with a powerful message told in a way that will engage young children, Myrtle promotes the importance of loving who we are." said.

" When I read Myrtle the Purple Turtle, by Cynthia Reyes, I was reminded of times when I’ve witnessed others (or myself) being ridiculed for being different than others. The story of Myrtle is empathetic, empowering, and encouraging. The realistic resolution and happy ending make it a perfect read for parent and child, and an ideal resource for homeschoolers, elementary school teachers, and public libraries for facilitating tolerance and acceptance between children of different cultural back grounds.

I’ve given it five stars because it’s easy to read—yet poignant—and because the delightful illustrations, by Jo Robinson, add a warmth to the book that put it into what I suspect will be an award winning category. I’m looking forward to reading it to my first grandchild.

I wish all children received the encouragement to love their shell. Myrtle the Purple Turtle is one small way to make a big step towards this desire.
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"Wise Lessons in a Turtle Shell!
Lessons on the importance of diversity and friendship abound in this beautifully written and illustrated children’s book written by author Cynthia Reyes. After being teased by a green turtle, “Myrtle the Purple Turtle” no longer wants to be purple. When Myrtle tries to turn herself green, she lands upside-down on her shell with no way to turn over until friends arrive to save the day. Not only do Myrtle’s friends get the purple turtle back on her feet, they show her and tell her how different and how beautiful they all are. Children will be inspired by Myrtle’s story to embrace the differences in themselves and others. ~Bette A. Stevens, author of award-winning picture book AMAZING MATILDA and other books for children and adults.
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"Beautifully illustrated children's book with a lesson for us all.

This is a beautifully illustrated children's book, that gently encourages the young to accept that being different should be celebrated. Whether it is the colour of a person's skin, accent, cultural background, religion or disability, they should never feel excluded and forced to change to fit in. Adapting is a different thing altogether and that comes when two people or groups respect each other's differences, learn from them and adopt some elements in common. Cynthia Reyes expresses that effectively with the words in this book, complimented perfectly with wonderful illustrations of Myrtle and those she meets along the way by Jo Robinson.

I also believe that parents or any adults reading this to a child, will also take on board how important it is for young children to grasp this concept as they enter this multi-cultural world we live in. Sally Cronin
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"My review of this book may be a tad biased since the author is my mum and she wrote this story for me when I was a child, but Myrtle the Purple Turtle is hands down my favourite children's story. Coming from a family of literature lovers, I was always surrounded by children's books, but I would always request that my mum read Myrtle to me. A little background on the story of Myrtle and how it came to be:

My first childhood memory of school was being bullied by my peers for having a black doll. I was 4 years old and my black cabbage patch doll Quentin, was in my opinion, the bees knees.. until some kids in my class called him dirty and said they wouldn’t play with me if I had Quentin with me. This hurt – a lot.

My 4-year-old self believed Quentin was a character in his own right and his skin colour resembled so many people in my family. But wanting to fit in and make friends, I started leaving Quentin at home and eventually my parents caught on. I don’t remember much from that time but I do remember feeling like I didn’t belong, that I was different and there was something wrong with me that made me different.

In an attempt to make me feel less alone, my mum (Cynthia Reyes, author extraordinaire) wrote a bedtime story for me about a purple turtle named Myrtle. Being purple, Myrtle was quite different from the other turtles at the pond. Myrtle tries to change her appearance to fit in and her loved ones comfort her, letting Myrtle know that what makes her different makes her special. She is awesome. And looking different from others is A-OK.

I loved this story. It resonated with me, gave me comfort, confidence, and hello – she’s purple (purple was 4-year-old Lauren’s favourite colour). This story was my jam and it inspired me to embrace what made me different from my peers. I carried Quentin with pride and asked Santa for another black doll that Christmas.

Nearly 28 years later, Myrtle is being shared with the world and to say I’m excited would be an understatement. Acceptance and self-love never go out of style and it’s never too early to start instilling the importance of both in children. I think now, with everything negative (and at times, terrifying) happening in the world, the message of Myrtle the Purple Turtle is very much needed.

I hope you all fall in love with sweet Myrtle, too.
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