Friday, December 10, 2010

Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle

Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle/MarĂ­a y su amiga la Tortuga del mar/Marie et son amie la Tortue de mer: One book written in English/Spanish/French
Author: Nicole Weaver
ISBN: 978-14327-2377-4
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Source: Pump Up Your Book Blog Tour
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Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle tells the story of one little girl’s compassion. When Marie sees what she thinks is a sea shell she runs towards it with delight only to discover it is a giant sea turtle that is stuck on the mainland! The turtle needs to get back to the ocean in order to survive but Marie is not strong enough to help. Will Marie’s parents help or continue with their plans for turtle soup? The story tells of Marie’s bravery, compassion and desire to help her new friend.

The story of Marie and the sea turtle was cute. The story is delivered in three different languages which gives it a unique selling quality. I didn’t enjoy the set up of this quality. All three languages are on the same page which made the pages feel crowded. One page had to repeat itself in order to fit all three languages. The story is short and could have been delivered in a smaller book with a lower cost if it was one language. The book is $14.95 and while cute, I wouldn’t pay $14.95 for the story. The illustrations are nice, but not outstanding. The book has the same tone and imagery throughout.

Overall this book was average for me. It was a cute story with a good lesson, but it wasn’t spectacular and didn’t stand out in any particular areas for me. My girls weren’t very interested in reading it multiple times. I would suggest this book for children four to eight years of age who may be learning or speaking multiple languages. The book is written in English, Spanish and French. It appears to be a helpful tool for learning in this capacity. The story has many repeated words for language recognition and repetitive learning but is not for beginners.



  1. Hey,

    I wanted to thank you for the very nice review of my book. you made my week-end. It is very comforting to know you have an open mind about other languages and cultures. WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!
    Nicole Weaver

  2. Hey,

    My illustrator asked me to post this comment for him.
    Thank you for reviewing "Marie and the Sea Turtle". I feel books of this nature are very important to our children in showing the diverse country we live in, and our people's origins. I believe publications like this will help contribute in having our children with a well-rounded background,

    Thank you again,

    Ruben Chavez


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