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Myrtle the Purple Turtle Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-02 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 15 user ratings
ISBN:0620773421
LANGUAGE:English

"“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" said.

" 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.

" 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.

" 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.

"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.

"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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" 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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