The Magic Sea Turtle

Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 04/13/2024
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Author Biography

Kathleen Welton advocates for beaches, birds, and wildlife and writes picture books and screenplays. She began her book publishing career as a college textbook sales rep. Since then, she has served as senior editor for Dow Jones-Irwin, publisher for Dearborn Trade, vice president and publisher for IDG Books, director for H&R Block, and director of book publishing for the American Bar Association. As publisher of aka Associates, she collaborates with authors and organizations on book publishing and writing projects. After serving as a book publishing professional for many years, she is excited to begin the next chapter of my career as a writer. She is especially grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with amazing editors and illustrators on the publication and debut of her first picture books. When she is not writing, she enjoys meditating, reading, and exploring the Lake Michigan shoreline.

I love sea turtles and got more involved with them when I first “adopted” a sea turtle nest from Outer Banks Forever. Sea turtles are an endangered species and their habitats are threatened. I wanted to write a book that celebrates the majesty of these creatures and hopefully helps support them. A portion of the revenue from the sales of “The Magic Sea Turtle” will go to SEE Turtles to help protect sea turtle habitats around the world. For more info, visit

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

The Magic Sea Turtle is a children's picture book by Kathleen Welton. High above the clouds lies a magical kingdom where a young girl named Myrtle wants to become a queen. One day, while picking up apples in the orchard, an unexpected wind blows Myrtle away, and she starts falling toward the ocean. Fortunately, Max the turtle hears Myrtle's cries for help and asks the gulls flying above to save her. Using a wide carpet, the gulls help Myrtle land safely, and soon, she finds herself surrounded by otters, dolphins, and other sea creatures who welcome her arrival to their home in the sea. Myrtle is delighted with her new friends and slowly learns how to swim. Now, she wants to be a turtle just like her friend, Max.

An imaginative adventure tale full of heart and wonder, The Magic Sea Turtle will both entertain and encourage young readers to follow their dreams. Kathleen Welton tells a wholesome story of friendship and adventure that teaches a valuable lesson about keeping an open mind about trying out and learning new things. Using singable rhymes and vibrant illustrations, Welton ensures the narrative keeps hold of children's attention while they are reading. The characters are quirky and adorable. Myrtle is curious and has an inherent sense of adventure that kids are bound to relate to. Illustrator Chau Pham's artwork is the icing on the cake. All in all, I had a great time reading the book. If you like picture books and adventure stories, do not miss out on this!

Constance Stadler

The Magic Sea Turtle by Kathleen Welton begins when Myrtle, a little girl, is spending a lovely day—much like every day in the kingdom where she lives—picking ripened apples. But there is a sudden change in the weather. Myrtle can no longer return home and falls into the sea. Watching her fall is Max, a sea turtle quite different from any other. His form of magic becomes apparent when he seems to have something to do with the little girl’s rescue. But this is only the introduction to what Myrtle will find in her new watery surroundings. She is immediately at the center of an array of friendly ocean creatures. Encouraged to remain, what follows illustrates why Max is a magic turtle with whom Myrtle can share her hopes.

The plot ranges from the creation of instant bonds to confiding one's dearest dreams. Kathleen Welton rapidly unfolds events believably. This sense of surety is largely because Max has a special place in this sea world. The invitation for Myrtle to remain is done so with welcoming enthusiasm and a special incentive. The vibrant illustrations are a wonderful complement to the tale. Young children will gain much from reading this book, above all respect for diversity, reinforced by the fact that magic can be real. While not having the same potential for magical change as in the book, fulfilling wishes depends on believing in realization, and real-life magic can take many forms. This theme provides an opportunity for a meaningful discussion between adults and children. The Magic Sea Turtle is a delightful story that conveys important messages in a captivating way to readers at an impressionable age.

Viga Boland

In The Magic Sea Turtle by Kathleen Welton, when young Myrtle, who, like so many youngsters, dreams of being a queen in her world, tumbles into the sea, she is rescued by friendly seagulls who take her via a magic carpet to their friends in the ocean. There, she meets dolphins, swordfish, octopi, flying fish, swans, and a king turtle. As the children who are lucky enough to enjoy this wonderful book will be, Myrtle is mesmerized by what she sees. Better yet, she feels so welcome and at home in the sea that she decides she would like to stay. Is that possible? What Myrtle learns is something that can take adults years to learn: everything is possible if we believe in ourselves.

The “magic” mentioned in the title of The Magic Sea Turtle by Kathleen Welton goes well beyond its title. There is magic in the charming story, magic in the excellent poetry, and magic in the beautiful illustrations by Chau Pham. Apart from the stunning illustrations, what I found especially pleasing was the poetry. Many children’s books use poetry, but sometimes the poetry is not as well done as the drawings. That is certainly not the case here: Kathleen Welton has several books to her credit, one of which is a beginner’s guide to writing poetry and she exhibits her poetic skills perfectly in The Magic Sea Turtle. The result? A children’s book that is a feast for the eyes, music to the ears, and a reading experience that should be enjoyed and shared with children everywhere.