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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite
It all starts when two young siblings, Reese and Dean, come across a special sea turtle video online. Consequently, they both get hypnotized while watching it, and with colors swirling around them, they find themselves on a beach that turns out to be part of a magical national park island protected by talking sea turtles. Unfortunately, some pirates are plotting to take over the national park filled with different animals. To avoid losing the island, Reese and Dean must help to find the sea turtle map somewhere on the island and hide it in a new safe place. Find out if the two adventurous siblings succeed in their mission to protect the friendly island animals in Kathy Arnold Cherry's book Turtle Tube: An Erutuf National Park Novel.
Imagine if animals could talk about their needs and how our activities, as humans, affect them. Would we listen then? Turtle Tube builds an endearing children's story around the idea of protecting animals, and like a master chef's signature dish, it's done to perfection. The language is straightforward enough for its young audience. The themes and subjects covered are educational, from the different types of animals to marine biology, teamwork, brainstorming, troubleshooting, helping and protecting the less privileged, and more. I was touched by how Reese made efforts to cheer her brother up when he wasn't feeling too good. Kathy Arnold Cherry combines adventure and magic in this highly engaging and intriguing narrative. Turtle Tube is recommended to parents who want their children to learn the value of protecting nature and preserving earth's treasures at an early age.