Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Book Review - Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle

Title: Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle

Written by: Nicole Weaver

Illustrated by: Ruben Chavez

Ages: 6-9

Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-4327-2377-4

Published: March 2009

Softcover: 36 pages

Price: $14.95

The wonder and beauty of the ocean draws Marie to the beach each day in the hunt for the perfect seashell. Her adventures bring her to the best location on the island. Delighted to catch a glimmer in the distance, Marie rushes to retrieve what she believes will be the most beautiful seashell ever. To her surprise she finds a stranded sea turtle, who oddly enough communicates his frustration of being stuck on the beach. With love and determination Marie seeks a way to release the sea turtle back to his home in the ocean.

Written in English, French, and Spanish children’s author, Nicole Weaver reaches many cultures and pulls at children’s hearts in their love and wonderment of the world around them. Illustrator, Ruben Chavez further brings the story alive with his colorful illustrations which certainly will make the reader yearn for their own beach adventures.

Nicole Weaver is a children’s author and veteran teacher of French and Spanish at the middle school and high school levels. Visit Nicole at:

Ruben Chavez is an illustrator and fine artist. He enjoys rendering people in various mediums, with the intent of capturing their spirit and soul. Visit Ruben at:


  1. What a delightful story and lovely cover. I love going to the beach. There are so many interesting shells and little critters.

    Nice review, Donna.


  2. You know, I graduated from children’s literature long ago, but your review kinda makes me wanna read this. I’m assuming it has a happen ending. I love animals, so, gotta have a happy ending!

    Which raises a question: do children’s books ever have unhappy endings. Doesn’t seem that they should, but, maybe in the interest of a teaching point. I cried for a month over Old Yeller, and still am scarred by, Bambi.

    Best regards, Galen


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