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Review of Templeton Turtle Goes Exploring by Ron Pridmore

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What's more endearing that a baby turtle on his first day out of the shell? Not much. And with that, we dove into the tender and exciting world of Templeton Turtle Goes Exploring by Ron Pridmore.

Templeton emerges from his eggshell with much the same curiosity as a young human child. He knows that his mother loves him, and not much more. Exploration around the pond has its ups and downs: some creatures are friendly, and some are not. The lessons that Templeton encounter are learned in a tough, but caring way.

This book has a touching set of illustrations that kids and adults will love to share (and the familiarity of similarly-drawn animals will help younger kids to identify family sets within animal groups!) If you've ever wanted to let your little one know about the world around him with a balanced view of both the caring of community and the importance of heeding good advice -- this book is a keeper!

Kids of all ages will find it engaging: My 10 year old appreciated the delightful pictures and my 1 year-old "oohed" and "awwed" at both the animal illustrations and the language. Available in hardcover at major book outlets, Templeton Turtle Goes Exploring is a classic-in-the-making.


Interested in snagging copy for your young reader? One lucky commenter will get a new copy to share with a child in their life! Just comment on this post with your child's favorite animal by Sept. 26th at 5 pm CST, and we'll pick one winner! Giveaway is subject to complete site rules. (Be sure to give us a way to reach you if you win, and remember that we will never use your email or contact info for anything other than to send your prize.) Good luck!

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105 comments

  1. His stuffed koala. My son always loved koalas! cdziuba@aol.com

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  2. My kids love all animals- favorite zoo animal the gorillas or the pandas--favorite animal they see all the time- dogs

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  3. We like monkeys.

    rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

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  4. My daughter would love this book! She loves all animals, but her favorite would have to be horses!!

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. My son just loves elephants! He takes after his grandmother!

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  6. My daughter loves horses, my son's favorite are frogs. This book sounds very cute.

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  7. My daughter's favorite animal is a cat.
    doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
    Elizabeth

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  8. I would have to share this with my grandbabies. I watch both (Laila 4 and Madi 2) while mommie works and goes to college. Madi's favorite animal is the kitty cat and Laila loves bears. :) We dont have television at my house, so watching good educational d.v.ds or reading books together goes a long way around here. :)
    Kind regards.

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  9. My daughter has a chinchilla and tells me she's her favorite but I know in her heart, she really wants a kitten. Thanks for the contest, this looks like a really cute book!

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  10. Grace's favorite pet is her dog, Katrina. Thanks for the chance.

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  11. well, my child is yet to be born (dec 08) so i don't really know what his/her fave animal will be...but we do have a little puppy who waiting impatiently for that little bundle of joy to arrive!

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  12. My little ones really seem to like the calves in the barn, so I'd have to say that is their favorite animal :)
    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  13. We've always been a kitty household.

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  14. i love animals and although my son is still small to say his fav animal. I will choose a monkey for him because he may be small but he is already starting to climb everywhere!

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  15. My 3 yr old and my 2 yr old are obsessed with ducks (but I'm not sure why). My 3 yr old's nickname is "Turtle", coincidentally enough, because when she was born, she looked like she had no neck and she had a recessive chin. My husband said that she looked like "Cecil Turtle" from the old Bugs Bunny cartoons, and the nickname stuck.
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

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  16. She loves cats and dinosaurs! Some combination.....

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  17. In our house, thefavorite is a stegosaurus dinosaur!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  18. My daughter loves pigs.
    gkstratos@yahoo.com

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  19. Liz's favorite animals are turtles. As in Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles.
    traymona[at]aol.com

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  20. angelina115@hotmail.com

    Turtles. He would love this book.

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  21. My son loves turtles. My daughter loves turtles.

    cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. I would love to get this book. I teach in a montessori preschool. The kids there love to read, and have books read to them. I am not sure which animal is the favorite of my students, but my favorite is the giraffe!

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  23. My child's favorite animal is the giraffe.
    -Terra
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  24. My little grandson loves cats.

    Thank you!

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  25. My grandson loves dinosaurs. They're a real animal to him.

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  26. meza-angel@sbcglobal.net
    My son's favorite animal is octopus. He has a little squishy octopus toy and loves it so much.
    He loves to watch octopi on NAt. Geographic.

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  27. A giraffe is my granson's favorite

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  28. My son's favorite is the family dog

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  29. my grandson loves monkeys

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  30. My sons favorite are puppies! I'd love to win for him! Can never have too many books

    kristilb19@yahoo.com

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  31. My 2 year old granddaughter loves kittens. One of her first words was kittie. The book looks adorable!

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  32. joliexox@hotmail.com
    My grandson loves koalas. :)

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  33. My little boy loves kitty cats the best

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  34. My granddaughter loves Pandas the best. THANKS

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  35. My granddaughter would love this book! I know lady bugs are not technically ANIMALS, but they are her favorite CREATURES

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  36. My kid loves all sorts of animals, and her favorite changes weekly, sometimes daily. Currently, she's into grasshoppers.

    ignoramoose (at) gmail (dot) com

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  37. Thank you for having this! I would love to win this for my 3 little ones. My daughter love cats and my son loves snakes - uggh :) Thank you!
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

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  38. My grandson's favorite alternates between a giraffe and a kangaroo, depends on ... time of day, color of the sky, whatever. I think the giraffe wins out more often.

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  39. My daughter loves elephants......she refers to them as "imaphants". Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  40. Cats. We have 5 of them. My daughter LOVES cats. Of course we have rats too, and yes they do get along!! :)

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  41. It has to be sheep for our family. Thanks for the chance! afdr3d@umkc.edu

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  42. My niece loves dogs since everyone in the family has them and ducks since we take her to the park all the time and we feed the ducks bread, but she calls them quack quack's instead of ducks lol

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  43. My daughter loves fish lately. She loves the way the word sounds and will say it all day long. She loves to watch the fish in our fish tank, and loves to eat fish too. Great giveaway, thanks! hellomary018 at yahoo dot com

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  44. Templeton rocks! One time, my two sons grandma found some turtle eggs in her flower garden. We put them in a container and did what we should. Lo and behold, we gathered the neighborhood kids and watched each tiny turtle pick its' way out of its shell!!!!! My sons like our dog and cat. We always stop and remove turtles from the middles of the road! Please enter me in your delightful book drawing. Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  45. This looks like a great book for my son. Thanks for the contest.

    risanjax@metrocast.net

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  46. My granddaughter's favorite animal is a cat.
    pkildow at gmail dot com

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  47. Sometimes I think my daugther actually thinks she is a kitty cat! She meows all around our house all day!

    ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

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  48. My grandaughter loves elephants.

    rentastage@aol.com

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  49. My daughter loves kittens and my son loves dogs!

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  50. My daughter likes cats.
    ayancey@dishmail.net

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  51. Favorite would be frogs. We have a fascination with frogs right now at our house. Looks like a cut book too!
    beausdorei at gmail dot com

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  52. My little grandsons love dogs,an they would love this book too,reptiles are their next favorite ,thanks





    vlbelk(at)hotmail.com

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  53. My daughter loves snakes.
    My son loves elephants.

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  54. My son loves fish and frogs. Thanks for the chance, ecfreitas579@hotmail.com

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  55. Our dog Wubbzy is her favorite pet!!shjajo at aol dot com

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  56. My daughter loves elephants. She has an elephant that she received as a baby gift that she has given lots of love to. Now that she's almost 6, the elephant is pretty unrecognizeable but she still loves it! Thanks for the great contest!

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  57. My son's current favorite is a dog.

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  58. While our son and daughter both love dogs; I'd have to say dinosaurs are my son's favorite animal based on books, toys, etc.
    lizzauski@hotmail.com

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  59. My grandson loves dinosaurs. That's an animal I think. If not he also loves puppies.
    judybrittle(at)aol(dot)com

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  60. Last week it was horses, this week it is cats.


    egreca (at) hotmail {dot} com

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  61. Monkeys! Both real ones and curious george! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  62. Kelsy's favorite animal is a platypus of all things!

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  63. My granddaughter would love this book! Cat/boots. Thanks!

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  64. My son favorite animals would be cats, but he seems to bring home everything, thank you. Icetwofire[at]aol[dot]com

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  65. My daughter loves cats. Thanks
    erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

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  66. My daughter says her favorite animal is a puppy. She has puppies on the brain because we are getting one in the Spring.

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  67. My daughter has two favorites, turtles (my son has a real one) and spiders (YUCK)

    purehrt555(at)yahoo(com)

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  68. my sons fav. animals are squids what a strange son

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  69. My son loves dogs,any and all dogs.It's hard to keep him away from them.

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  70. Puffins!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  71. We're all about bunnies here!

    stormraven at gmail dot com

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  72. My youngest son loved the stuffed tiger he brought home from school for a reward

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  73. I guess Pokemon wouldn't count so I'll say my sons' favorite animal is a bear. Thanks!

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  74. I would say it's puppies around here. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  75. Both of my girls love the monkeys! When we go to the zoo, we spend the most time watching the monkeys play around. Thank you!!

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  76. my granddaughter has a small turtle that she takes to preschool for naps.







    Bshaw75015@aol.com

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  77. My son loves monkeys !!

    ktgonyea@gmail.com

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