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"Delivers an eloquent environmental message while demonstrating how kids can change the world through teamwork and perseverance." — School Library Journal A triumphant story of environmental activism, community, and friendship: Acclaimed activist Philippe Cousteau and renowned author Deborah Hopkinson team up to offer a story of the powerful difference young people can make "Delivers an eloquent environmental message while demonstrating how kids can change the world through teamwork and perseverance." — School Library Journal A triumphant story of environmental activism, community, and friendship: Acclaimed activist Philippe Cousteau and renowned author Deborah Hopkinson team up to offer a story of the powerful difference young people can make in the world. Meet Viv, who has a new home and a new school by the sea and follow her as she finds her way in a new place and helps bring together a whole community to save the sea turtles of the South Carolina coast. • Explores various important themes like activism, philanthropy, volunteerism, and more • Features gorgeous watercolor illustrations that are colorful and engaging • Includes a "Letter to Young Activists" from the author as well as resources to learn more about sea turtles. • Meilo So is the esteemed illustrator of many books, including Water Sings Blue. Philippe Cousteau is an award-winning television host, producer, author, speaker, philanthropist, and social entrepreneur. Deborah Hopkinson is the author of many award-winning nonfiction books for young readers Fans of Manfish and Water Sings Blue will also enjoy the inspiring storyline and stunning illustrations in Follow the Moon Home. • Great family and classroom read-aloud book • Books for kids ages 4-6 • Children's picture books for kindergarten through third grade


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"Delivers an eloquent environmental message while demonstrating how kids can change the world through teamwork and perseverance." — School Library Journal A triumphant story of environmental activism, community, and friendship: Acclaimed activist Philippe Cousteau and renowned author Deborah Hopkinson team up to offer a story of the powerful difference young people can make "Delivers an eloquent environmental message while demonstrating how kids can change the world through teamwork and perseverance." — School Library Journal A triumphant story of environmental activism, community, and friendship: Acclaimed activist Philippe Cousteau and renowned author Deborah Hopkinson team up to offer a story of the powerful difference young people can make in the world. Meet Viv, who has a new home and a new school by the sea and follow her as she finds her way in a new place and helps bring together a whole community to save the sea turtles of the South Carolina coast. • Explores various important themes like activism, philanthropy, volunteerism, and more • Features gorgeous watercolor illustrations that are colorful and engaging • Includes a "Letter to Young Activists" from the author as well as resources to learn more about sea turtles. • Meilo So is the esteemed illustrator of many books, including Water Sings Blue. Philippe Cousteau is an award-winning television host, producer, author, speaker, philanthropist, and social entrepreneur. Deborah Hopkinson is the author of many award-winning nonfiction books for young readers Fans of Manfish and Water Sings Blue will also enjoy the inspiring storyline and stunning illustrations in Follow the Moon Home. • Great family and classroom read-aloud book • Books for kids ages 4-6 • Children's picture books for kindergarten through third grade

30 review for Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles (Children's Story Books, Sea Turtle Gifts, Moon Books for Kids, Children's Environment Books, Kid's Turtle Books)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This book does a tricky thing: it lays out how to be an activist while weaving a story of a girl who's moved to a new place. I think it works and those fantastic illustrations help a lot (gorgeous!). As readers, we care about Viv and we care about the turtles. We begin to think like an activist who looks for a problem and enlists others to find a way to solve it. So much hope here and great for service learning/classrooms.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Living in South Carolina was a dream come true for me. I enjoyed every moment beside the lake and beautiful coastline. If you're a nature lover, South Carolina has plenty to offer. Upstate offers the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and some of the clearest, gorgeous lakes the eye can behold. The Midlands region is home to Columbia, the state's capital and largest city. The Pee Dee region (I always thought it was part of the Lowcountry but those living in this area would scream, "It's the Pee Dee! Living in South Carolina was a dream come true for me. I enjoyed every moment beside the lake and beautiful coastline. If you're a nature lover, South Carolina has plenty to offer. Upstate offers the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and some of the clearest, gorgeous lakes the eye can behold. The Midlands region is home to Columbia, the state's capital and largest city. The Pee Dee region (I always thought it was part of the Lowcountry but those living in this area would scream, "It's the Pee Dee!" Therefore, it IS.) is named after the Pee Dee Native Americans and is the northeast region. Lush Lake Marion and the Pee Dee River can be found here. Boating and fishing are the norm. I lived on Lake Marion and I can assure you, it's amazing! However, my favorite region is the Lowcountry. The coastline, Charleston, marshes - all breathtaking. South Carolina is rich with history. If you are fortunate enough to call any of these regions home, don't you dare tell me you're ever bored. I don't want to hear it. As I've mentioned, SC is truly paradise for nature loving folk like myself. Loggerhead turtles became the official state reptile in 1988 thanks to a caring class of fifth graders in Greenwood County. Loggerheads are federally listed as threatened with extinction due to nesting habitats. Loggerheads, named for their large, log-like heads, make their nests from North Carolina to Florida. South Carolina has some of the best nesting grounds on the east coast and these turtles are well protected and represented. Beautiful Pawley's Island supports the South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts (S.C.U.T.E). Their main focus is protecting the sea turtles and the nesting grounds. Volunteers mark and guard these precious nests until hatchlings have safely found their way to the sea. Philippe Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau, has written a wonderful book about the loggerhead turtles that teaches children (and adults) the importance of conservation, protecting an endangered species, and problem solving. Illustrator Meilo So has created page after lovely page of illustrations that are frame worthy. I bought this book for my youngest granddaughter, who happens to share the same name as the book's main character Vivienne. I think it will be several years before she understands the true meaning of the story's concept, but she'll certainly be able to enjoy the visual treat. This is definitely a book for all children. It's a wonderful teaching tool. That said, I do think it will better serve those over the age of five. It's a fantastic lesson in caring, community action, and finding something to believe in. As adults, it's our responsibility to teach children that nature should be cherished, nurtured, and protected or the next generation will only know certain species from a book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Gardner-Jones

    “Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles” by activist Philippe Cousteau (grandson of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau) and author Deborah Hopkinson is everything you could possibly want in a children’s book. It’s storyline empowers children in the most wonderful yet pragmatic way. Its illustrations by Meilo So are exquisite with gorgeous colors both bold and subtle offering wonderful depictions of children, adults and most all Carolina beaches and loggerh “Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles” by activist Philippe Cousteau (grandson of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau) and author Deborah Hopkinson is everything you could possibly want in a children’s book. It’s storyline empowers children in the most wonderful yet pragmatic way. Its illustrations by Meilo So are exquisite with gorgeous colors both bold and subtle offering wonderful depictions of children, adults and most all Carolina beaches and loggerhead turtles. When Vivienne moves to South Carolina’s Low Country she realizes that she is going to need help in finding her way around. One of her first stops is her new school where she meets Mr. J who warmly welcomes her and tells her that she’s “..just in time for the fun—we’re looking for a problem to solve.” She learns that solving problems requires five steps: 1. Identify. 2. Plan. 3. Take Action. 4. Tell the story, and 5. Reflect. She’s interested and as she takes flight on her bike to explore her new beach town she looks for a problem to solve. On Saturday, down on the beach with dogs Samson and Luna, (I love all the names in this book!) she is digging big holes in the sand when a kindly gentleman gently reminds Viv that it is nesting season and that she will need to fill in the holes before she heads home. Viv is a little puzzled as to what holes have to do with turtles. Fortunately she runs into Clementine, a girl from her class, who explains that baby sea turtles are nesting nearby and when they hatch will need a clear path to the sea. Holes and sand castles become serious obstacles. Even more puzzling, they find a dehydrated baby turtle that didn’t make it to the ocean - he seemed to going the wrong way. Now Viv has discovered a problem that needs to be solved. When she and her mom go for an evening beach stroll they see lights twinkling brightly from the beach houses that line the shore. A light bulb goes off in VIv’s mind! She has learned as loggerhead turtles hatch, they follow the light of the moon to their ocean home. Viv realizes that if the strongest light they see comes from the beach houses - they get confused, turn the wrong way, become dehydrated and die. She needs enlist the help of her classmates. So that’s the set-up, the following pages reflect the children’s thinking, research, ideas, and implementation. They create a terrific project called “Lights Out For Loggerheads” and get the entire community enthused and motivated. What’s so wonderful about this book is that it isn’t preachy, it isn’t bogged down, there is nothing remotely boring about it. it’s very simply and clearly stated. I see young readers thinking, “If Viv can do that, so can I.” Adults are critical to the plan’s success, but they aren’t the leaders in this story. They are taking marching orders from the kids. Through a clever communications plan the summer visitors understand why it’s important to turn their outside lights out and draw the blinds during nesting season. Viv's description of a hatching nest is spot on: “A crescent moon shone on the waves. The sea glittered like silver. I made out first one, then two hatchlings. Soon the sand seemed to boil over with life. Tiny turtles, no more than two inches long burst from the nest. We watched, barely daring to breathe. WOULD THEY KNOW WHERE TO GO?” I’ll leave it there. I will say that the ending made by cry. Following the story, there are informational pages about Loggerheads and other sea turtles. I learned that the Loggerheads are “the most abundant sea turtle in U.S. coastal waters” - they nest from North Carolina to Florida and are threatened or endangered. If you live in South Carolina, as I do, you see many reports, news stories and internet postings from May through August as Loggerhead mothers come on shore to dig nests and lay their eggs. The eggs hatch from July through October. In South Carolina there is also an incredible group of volunteers called SCUTE - South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiast (from Georgetown and Horry counties) who mark the nests, run nightly patrols and even gently remind out-of-town beach goers to have fun but to fill in the holes and take down the sand castles at the end of the day. There are still many obstacles once the baby turtles reach the ocean (predators, garbage - i.e. plastic, fishing nets, balloons) but getting them safely to the ocean is the first big step. This book is thrilling, illuminating and gorgeous. As Philippe Cousteau writes: “Every day, young people are changing the world, making it better. I hope you find your special place to explore and be inspired, just like I did when I was a kid. Then, stand up…go out there…and change the world, just like Vivienne. I believe in you.” So do I.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Viv is the new girl in the neighborhood, but soon finds herself bringing the entire community together to protect sea turtles. Inspired by her teacher, Viv and her classmates are looking for a problem to solve and she finds it after a visit to the beach. When Viv discovers the body of a baby turtle facing away from the sea, she is inspired to do some research and she figures out that the lights from the beach houses are putting the turtles in danger and confusing their natural instincts. With he Viv is the new girl in the neighborhood, but soon finds herself bringing the entire community together to protect sea turtles. Inspired by her teacher, Viv and her classmates are looking for a problem to solve and she finds it after a visit to the beach. When Viv discovers the body of a baby turtle facing away from the sea, she is inspired to do some research and she figures out that the lights from the beach houses are putting the turtles in danger and confusing their natural instincts. With her classmates she works to get the message out to the community to turn off lights at night to save the turtles. Excellent read aloud text with watercolor, colored ink, and colored pencil artwork. Back matter includes a note to parents/teachers, further reading resources, and rules for walking on beaches with nesting sea turtles. Highly recommended for 2-5.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Corrigan

    A great example of how kids can not only see and identify problems in their own community, but how they can work together to solve those problems. The extras in this book help guide children, parents, and teachers to help each other tackle problems in their own community generically or to learn more about how to help save and protect loggerhead turtles like those in the story. Thumbs up. ~The Librarian Uncle

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Good for PYP collections - sharing the planet with great action component.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    After her family moves to a seaside South Carolina town, Vivienne joins a summer school class that is just beginning to toss around ideas for for a problem to solve for their community action class project. But when she rides her bike around town trying to find a good project, she just ends of lost. But, then, Viv always feels disoriented in a new place. On Saturday, Viv takes her dog Samson to the beach for some digging fun. While there, she is told to make sure any holes Samson digs get filled After her family moves to a seaside South Carolina town, Vivienne joins a summer school class that is just beginning to toss around ideas for for a problem to solve for their community action class project. But when she rides her bike around town trying to find a good project, she just ends of lost. But, then, Viv always feels disoriented in a new place. On Saturday, Viv takes her dog Samson to the beach for some digging fun. While there, she is told to make sure any holes Samson digs get filled in before they leave the beach. A girl named Clementine from Viv's summer school class explains that the beach is a loggerhead turtle nesting area and the newly hatched turtles need a clear path to the ocean or they won't survive or, like Viv, they will get lost. As the walk the beach, they find a baby turtle that went the wrong way, became dehydrated and didn't make. Why did that happen, Viv wonders. That night, Viv discovers the answer to her question about what happened to the turtle and comes up with a really great class project - since sea turtles follow the strongest light they see first, they can get disoriented and go the wrong way towards the brightly lit houses along the seashore, instead of following the moonlight on the ocean. Next class, Viv and Clementine present their idea: Lights Out for Loggerheads is a way to save the hatchlings and involve the whole town in the project. Before long, the class is deep into research about sea turtles, visiting the aquarium, and coming up with what they hope will be a workable plan of action. But will everyone in town be willing to do what is necessary to save the hatchlings? This is a wonderful picture book for seeing how kids can become young activists and make a difference. The plan of action is so clearly laid out, it could be used as a model for kids to use for their own ideas. Vivienne's story is a little thin at the beginning, really just a way to get to the heart of the book, the actual activism, but that's OK and doesn't distract from the book's message. There is wonderful back matter including a letter from Philippe Cousteau to young activists (Philippe is the grandson of conservationist/environmentalist Jacques Cousteau), a note to parents and teachers and more information about loggerhead turtles. The illustrations are soft and gentle, all done with watercolor, colored ink and pencil in hues that will make you feel you are so close to the ocean you can almost smell the sea. The characters are nicely diverse, and their teacher is young and very hip looking. This is a book that should be in every elementary/middle school science class. In fact, a useful teacher's guide can be found HERE This book is recommended for readers age 6+ This book was received from the publisher This review was originally posted on Randomly Reading

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katie Dugdale

    I read this book with a 3 year-old which struck up a lengthy conversation about the effect human life has on nature, in this instance, sea turtles. We spoke about how it’s things humans do, that they don’t think would be harmful, such as having your house lights on, that is killing wildlife. We also spoke about the other things humans do in other parts of the world that can harm turtles. In particular, we spoke of a holiday we had been on where the sand on the beaches was being taken for buildin I read this book with a 3 year-old which struck up a lengthy conversation about the effect human life has on nature, in this instance, sea turtles. We spoke about how it’s things humans do, that they don’t think would be harmful, such as having your house lights on, that is killing wildlife. We also spoke about the other things humans do in other parts of the world that can harm turtles. In particular, we spoke of a holiday we had been on where the sand on the beaches was being taken for building work and so when the turtles came to shore to lay their eggs, they can not find sand and go in land for miles until the hear of the day dehydrates them and they cannot find their way back to the sea. It was inspiring to see the different ways in which humans can almost reverse the negative impact they have on wildlife by taking action. It is accessible for children as the main activist in the story is a little girl which shows anyone can take action to help protect wildlife. Another thing picked up on was talking about the crescent moon and the different ways we see the moon as well as although turtles use the moon to find their way home, you could reinforce that the moon itself is not a light source but reflects off the sea. I would therefore recommend this book from EYFS to KS2.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I'm a little confused about this book. Some say it is fiction, but my library has it on the non-fiction shelves. However, it does seem to be a 'story' of a girl new to her community and her new teacher has given the class a challenge. They are to find a problem, and work together to solve it. This time, the girl Vivienne discovers that loggerhead turtles nest on the beaches, but when they hatch, the babies can be confused by the lights on the homes along the beach. The class researches, holds fu I'm a little confused about this book. Some say it is fiction, but my library has it on the non-fiction shelves. However, it does seem to be a 'story' of a girl new to her community and her new teacher has given the class a challenge. They are to find a problem, and work together to solve it. This time, the girl Vivienne discovers that loggerhead turtles nest on the beaches, but when they hatch, the babies can be confused by the lights on the homes along the beach. The class researches, holds fundraisers, makes posters, and has success in turning off those lights! The ending shows the baby turtles following the moon, to the ocean as they should. There are lots of resources at the back, a letter to young activists from Philippe Cousteau, to parents and teachers, and added information about sea turtles. If a teacher wishes to start some kind of action with a class this will be a terrific text to have. The illustrations by Meilo So are lovely watercolors. I've helped release sea turtles once on a trip with my students. It was an amazing experience. And when I go to the beach in Florida, we do have to keep the shutters closed at night because of the lights. It is a law there.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie

    This book explores some lovely messages for our younger generation: explore, be curious, follow your interests and always ask questions! This story of a young girl finding her feet in a new place is a subtle invitation to children to explore new areas of interest: to keep your eyes open and speak up when you have something to say. Curiosity is a wonderful thing. This book also holds a valuable lesson for adults to always be open to our young people’s interests. The author’s letter to young activ This book explores some lovely messages for our younger generation: explore, be curious, follow your interests and always ask questions! This story of a young girl finding her feet in a new place is a subtle invitation to children to explore new areas of interest: to keep your eyes open and speak up when you have something to say. Curiosity is a wonderful thing. This book also holds a valuable lesson for adults to always be open to our young people’s interests. The author’s letter to young activists at the back of the book is quietly inspirational. The sign off encouraging - “I believe in you”. Something we should be saying more frequently to each other, perhaps? A colourful and interesting read for all.

  11. 5 out of 5

    jb Byrkit

    This book needs some work, but overall the story and message are good. The story ends too abruptly and seems to not have an ending. After the story about Viv, there are some good suggestions about where you can help out with sea turtles. They are an endangered species. We all need to do our part to protect this species from further damage. My recommendations: visit the loggerhead hospital in South Florida visit the Turtle Hospital in The Florida Keys

  12. 4 out of 5

    June

    Wonderful story of how a teacher invites his students to find a problem in their community and try to figure out solutions. A new student learns about the loggerheads that nest on the beach and discovers the problem of lights in the beach houses confusing the nestlings. She takes the problem to her class and together they gather information and brainstorm solutions and save the nestlings.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I found this beautiful, children's book in the new releases at my local library. I love the beach and sea turtles, so I just had to borrow it. What a wonderful, motivational book for children, to help them realize how many ways they can contribute to their community! I read it to my family, as if they were at story time! Loved it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Colette

    Excellent book for reading skills. Share with students and learn all about why baby turtles may have a tough time hatching in an area where there are vacation homes, or those who don't care about our environment. My students and I love this book and the impact a few kids can have in their own home town. Character!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ana Jackson

    A lovely picture book about a child who is nervous about moving house and moving to a new school. When a turtle beach is discovered everything changes... A wonderful example of how children help others by working together, not only for the good of other people but also for the good of nature and the environment.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jen Bojkov

    Lovely picture book about a young girl and how she and her class helped improve conditions for sea turtles nesting on the South Carolina coast. Fairly long story- so better for older pre-schoolers or elementary-aged kids.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    I really like this book. Lovely illustrations paired with a excellent information AND positive suggestions for action that is truly feasible. A great book for a classroom!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Evans

    Great book for introducing locally focused project based learning.

  19. 4 out of 5

    KC

    A young girl, her family, and the community come together to protect the loggerhead sea turtle.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Cute, simple picture book. Inspiring for young readers and parents alike!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Baby Bookworm

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends – and welcome to the review of our ONE THOUSANDTH BOOK! We chose a good one: Follow The Moon Home: A Tale Of One Idea, Twenty Kids, And A Hundred Sea Turtles, written by Phillipe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson, and illustrated by Meilo So. New to her South Carolina beach town, Vivienne feels alone and adrift. Even though her summer school program teacher and fellow students are we This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends – and welcome to the review of our ONE THOUSANDTH BOOK! We chose a good one: Follow The Moon Home: A Tale Of One Idea, Twenty Kids, And A Hundred Sea Turtles, written by Phillipe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson, and illustrated by Meilo So. New to her South Carolina beach town, Vivienne feels alone and adrift. Even though her summer school program teacher and fellow students are welcoming, she is not quite ready to put herself out there. Until one day, when walking on the beach, a local and classmate tell her about the annual nesting of the loggerhead sea turtles. Seeing some of the baby turtles had tragically wandered away from the ocean, Vivienne wonders why. After researching the turtles and returning to observe the beach at night, she realizes – the bright lights from the beachside homes are confusing the infant turtles’ homing instincts. Compelled to help, Vivienne must find the courage to reach out and connect an entire community, resulting in her shyness lifted, and a hundred lives saved. Beautiful. The story weaves effortlessly through lessons in young leadership, activism, environmentalism, community, courage, curiosity, and of course, loggerhead sea turtles, leaving the reader both educated and inspired. The watercolor-heavy art bends to suit each perfectly, knowing when to focus on the smallness of a paper handout and when to pull back to a sweeping moonlit beach, all while evoking a nostalgic seaside sensibility. There is one illustration that shows a baby turtle that didn’t make it – it’s subtle, but worth noting. The length was fine, and JJ loved the little turtles. A beautiful read to remind children that they are never too young to make an impact in their world. Baby Bookworm approved! Be sure to check out The Baby Bookworm for more reviews!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    My 8 year old found this story quite inspiring. A good example of how children can volunteer in their communities to make a difference.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stefani

    "Clearly, I needed help to solve THIS problem. And I knew just how to get it." "We stood together, smiling and silent with wonder. Then, just like the turtles, we followed the moon home." R: 3rd - 5th Grade I: Ages 5 - 10 I read this book for a project in my Children's Literature class. I absolutely loved this book! As a Florida Keys native, the desire to save the baby turtles hit close to home. I grew up with a deep appreciation for nature and animals. My parent and even schoolteachers always encour "Clearly, I needed help to solve THIS problem. And I knew just how to get it." "We stood together, smiling and silent with wonder. Then, just like the turtles, we followed the moon home." R: 3rd - 5th Grade I: Ages 5 - 10 I read this book for a project in my Children's Literature class. I absolutely loved this book! As a Florida Keys native, the desire to save the baby turtles hit close to home. I grew up with a deep appreciation for nature and animals. My parent and even schoolteachers always encouraged conservation efforts, especially doing more than just reducing, reusing, and recycling (although these are great too). I appreciated how this story showed how issues can be solved in different ways through teamwork and playing on each other's strengths and capabilities. It also did an excellent job of showing how kids too can solve problems or can at least find someone that will help them do so. This is such an important concept, especially in today's society. This book can encourage readers to get out there in their community and contribute their time and effort. When Vivienne moved to a new town and started her new school, she didn't feel like she belonged. She found her way through getting involved in the class community action project and making a new friend also working on the project. While the main focus of the story is geared towards community action, readers can also relate to not fitting in like Vivienne at first. The illustrations are beautiful and colorful. I also appreciated the extra features included by the author to the readers at the end of the story. The author included a letter to young activists, a page addressed to parents and teachers, more information on sea turtles, and additional resources. I cannot wait to use this book in my own classroom and hopefully do a similar community action project with my future classes.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (FabBookReviews)

    Written by Philippe Cousteau (grandson of renowned explorer Jacques Cousteau) and noted children's author Deborah Hopkinson, with beautiful artwork by Water Sings Blue illustrator Meilo So, Follow the Moon Home provides a number of great learning opportunities (without ever shouting doom and gloom of the ecosystem). So's illustrations here are as effective, charming and vivid as ever: radiant and cheerful, her work functions as a perfect backdrop to the more informative and detailed story by Cou Written by Philippe Cousteau (grandson of renowned explorer Jacques Cousteau) and noted children's author Deborah Hopkinson, with beautiful artwork by Water Sings Blue illustrator Meilo So, Follow the Moon Home provides a number of great learning opportunities (without ever shouting doom and gloom of the ecosystem). So's illustrations here are as effective, charming and vivid as ever: radiant and cheerful, her work functions as a perfect backdrop to the more informative and detailed story by Cousteau and Hopkinson. Overall, a lovely and affecting picture book that will finds its audience in readers who love stories about sea life and turtles, as well as those readers (young and old) looking for picture books which inspire ecological awareness and ideas for conservation. Be sure to check out the back pages at the end of the story- starting with 'Letter to Young Activists' and beyond- there are so many wonderful extras and informational links tucked in there! In my own work as a children's librarian, I am seeing an increase in requests for preschool-age materials on topics ranging from activism and community connections to concerns over ecology and natural disasters. Great books such as Follow the Moon Home are part of this growing library of much-needed titles in the informational picture book and non-fiction picture book genre. I received a copy of this book courtesy of Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest reviews. All opinions and comments are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Lovely illustrations, created with watercolor, colored ink, and colored pencils, accompany an inspiring story of how one girl and her community made a big difference in the world around them. When Vivienne moves to a new town, she feels unsettled and lonely. She certainly has no idea what problem she can solve for her summer school class until she learns about the area's baby sea turtles. After realizing that the hatchlings head for the lights when they emerge from their nests, she involves her Lovely illustrations, created with watercolor, colored ink, and colored pencils, accompany an inspiring story of how one girl and her community made a big difference in the world around them. When Vivienne moves to a new town, she feels unsettled and lonely. She certainly has no idea what problem she can solve for her summer school class until she learns about the area's baby sea turtles. After realizing that the hatchlings head for the lights when they emerge from their nests, she involves her classmates and the town in a project called Lights Out for Loggerheads. The way one problem and the concern of a handful of individuals blossoms into a community education and turtle advocacy project was amazing, providing a good blueprint for other youngsters wanting to make a difference in the world around them. Back matter includes a letter to young activists, a note for parents and teachers, and additional information about loggerheads, including the passage of a bill to to make the loggerhead the state reptile in South Carolina. Excellent for use in an elementary or intermediate science classroom, this title reminds readers that humans can be a force for good in the natural world and that we can make a difference, even with the smallest of acts such as turning out our lights during the short period of time when sea turtles hatch. Doing so gives them a better chance at survival. I'm excited to add this title to my classroom library.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Cousteau and Hopkinson have written a wonderful non-fiction book that will fit into the hands of any PK-5th grader. Meilo So's illustrations are bold, creative and absolutely enrich the story of new kid at school Viv as she tries to help her classmates find and solve a community problem. A run on the beach turns into a chance meeting with school chum Clementine and the discovery that loggerhead turtles are struggling to survive on the beaches of South Carolina. Problem found and with a clear pro Cousteau and Hopkinson have written a wonderful non-fiction book that will fit into the hands of any PK-5th grader. Meilo So's illustrations are bold, creative and absolutely enrich the story of new kid at school Viv as she tries to help her classmates find and solve a community problem. A run on the beach turns into a chance meeting with school chum Clementine and the discovery that loggerhead turtles are struggling to survive on the beaches of South Carolina. Problem found and with a clear process for involving the community in a solution, a plan is created and executed. Kids will love the artwork and turtle facts; Science and Social Studies teachers will love all the direct application in their classrooms. I love the extension information at the book's conclusion which allow a picture book to be used with even the most advanced elementary school student. This Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee for 2017-2018 is sure to be a student favorite in my library.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    A young girl, new in her school, is challenged by her teacher to "find a problem to solve." Her class is looking to get involved in some community action project. When Viv goes to the beach, she discovers that it is a loggerhead turtle nesting area. She and a classmate decide they must find a way to help the baby turtles reach the ocean. A great read aloud to introduce to students the idea of community service and problem solving. Includes a letter to young activists in the back and a bibliograph A young girl, new in her school, is challenged by her teacher to "find a problem to solve." Her class is looking to get involved in some community action project. When Viv goes to the beach, she discovers that it is a loggerhead turtle nesting area. She and a classmate decide they must find a way to help the baby turtles reach the ocean. A great read aloud to introduce to students the idea of community service and problem solving. Includes a letter to young activists in the back and a bibliography for additional resources on loggerhead turtles.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Luvy Webb

    This cute story is about a young girl named Vivienne. She moves to a new town along the beach in South Carolina. Vivienne is nervous about being in the new town because she fears she will not make friends or find things she is interested in to do. One day she goes to the beach with her dogs and discovers a whole new world. She realizes through making a friend from her summer school program that she lives in a nesting area for sea turtles. She learns a lot about these creatures and feels she need This cute story is about a young girl named Vivienne. She moves to a new town along the beach in South Carolina. Vivienne is nervous about being in the new town because she fears she will not make friends or find things she is interested in to do. One day she goes to the beach with her dogs and discovers a whole new world. She realizes through making a friend from her summer school program that she lives in a nesting area for sea turtles. She learns a lot about these creatures and feels she needs to share the information with her new neighborhood to help save these little guys.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennybeast

    I get questions all the time about environmental activism and service learning and helping kids feel empowered to take action -- there are a lot of good higher level books on the subject, but this is the first excellent picture book I've seen that hits all of those points. And an excellent picture book is exactly what teachers are looking for -- concise, engaging and with a blueprint for success.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kate Puleo Unger

    I love this story! It's about kids seeing a problem in the world and fixing it. One girl notices that baby turtles are heading the wrong way on the beach because of the lights in the houses. She works with her teacher and her class to start a campaign and save the turtles, and they do. This is an inspirational story that will get kids excited about changing the world. Ages 6-10 http://www.momsradius.com/2016/11/cyb... I love this story! It's about kids seeing a problem in the world and fixing it. One girl notices that baby turtles are heading the wrong way on the beach because of the lights in the houses. She works with her teacher and her class to start a campaign and save the turtles, and they do. This is an inspirational story that will get kids excited about changing the world. Ages 6-10 http://www.momsradius.com/2016/11/cyb...

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