Turtle in Paradise
Author: Jennifer L. Holm

Watch the book trailer-created by Buda Public Library

Pepes: photo-Brian Wilhorn

Studying the Great Depression Teachers' Guide
(includes section for Turtle in Paradise)

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Turtle can't stand Shirley Temple because real kids are not cute little dimpled darlings with ringlet curls who break into a song or dance at the drop of a hat.

Who is Shirley Temple?
Shirley Temple was a very famous child actress during the Great Depression. In fact, she actually saved her movie studio from bankruptcy owing to her popularity which kept ticket sales high.

Video of Shirley Temple singing "On the Good Ship Lollypop" from the movie 1934 Little Bright Eyes.


Bluebonnet Book Club Literature Connections

Bud.jpgBud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

All_I_want_for_Christmas_dioll.jpgThe All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll by Pat McKissack
During the Depression, three young sisters get one baby doll for Christmas and must find a way to share.

GetImages.aspx.jpgThe Babe & I by David Adler
While helping his family make ends meet during the Depression by selling newspapers, a boy meets Babe Ruth.

Potato.jpgPotato : a tale from the Great Depression / written by Kate Lied
During the "Great Depression," a family seeking work finds employment for two weeks digging potatoes in Idaho.


September 2, 1935, The Labor Day Hurricane
Learn more about the hurricane that hit the Florida keys at the time that Turtle was living there.
The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane (Category 5 strength)

According to the National Hurricane Center, The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, classified as a Category 5 strength, was the strongest storm in United States history. The storm with over 200 mph winds caused incredible amounts of destruction and a high death toll. (source: Hurricanes: Science and Society).

Ernest Hemingway, a famous author and resident of Florida, visited the destruction zone shortly after the storm and wrote about the sadness he encountered in an articled called "Who Killed the Vets". Hemingway wrote the article because so many of the dead were United States World War I veterans who were working on a Federal Works Progress Administration to construct U. S. Highway 1 across the Florida Keys. The veterans had been left to fend for themselves in the face of the horrific storm. According to Red Cross records, the death toll was 423.
(Source:American Red Cross Remembering the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane)

Bluebonnet Book Club Activities

This activity comes from Kids Blog
In this story Turtle finds a map. If you like maps and the idea of following one to find something, give these a try.
You can use the Map Machine to make your own map.
  • National Parks Service **Reading a Map** Activity & Quiz
  • Nationa Geographic **Map Machine**. Enter your address and the machince will show you a road map of your neighborhood, satellite view of your neighborhood and sometimes a bird’s eye view too. Cool!

Thank you for the education resources
Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com
Random House
Jennifer Holm
Brian Wilhorn - http://www.helpreaderslovereading.com/ (photo credit)
Buda Public Library
American Red Cross
Hurricanes: Science and Society
Kids Blog