About the Book

Written as a mix of fiction and true events from the author’s own life, Bubby’s Puddle Pond: A Tortuga’s Tale of the Desert (Nina Story Books, LLC), written by Carol Hageman and skillfully illustrated by Nathaniel P. Jensen, follows Bubby, a desert tortoise, from the moment a young girl lifts him out of a shoebox and sets him down in his special grassy habitat for the first time. The habitat becomes the site for Bubby’s budding friendships with other desert animals. As these unlikely “pals” learn to work together for the benefit of the group, Bubby realizes how brave he can be.

About the Book



Children who learn how to rely on friends and themselves when they’re young turn out to be happier adults. Bubby’s Puddle Pond: A Tortuga’s Tale of the Desert tells how Bubby, a young desert tortoise, moves outside his solitary shoebox and into an unfamiliar world, making friends who band together for safety, comfort and companionship. Along the way, Bubby realizes that just as he can trust his friends, he can trust himself, too.


Based on a mixture of fiction and the real-life behaviors of animals, Bubby’s Puddle Pond: A Tortuga’s Tale of the Desert takes place in a geographically unique part of the world, the Sonoran Desert. The author uses simple yet evocative terms to paint a picture of the American Southwest’s unusual flora and fauna. Intending the book to be used as a learning tool, Hageman highlights these terms and defines them in a glossary. She also provides a fact sheet and curriculum guide at the end of the book for use in the classroom or further enrichment at home.

“I gained such an appreciation of the outdoors during my childhood,” Hageman said. “I want children today to get curious about places and animals they’ve never seen. Maybe it will encourage them to go exploring in the outdoors around them.”


For every book sold, A BUCK A BOOK will be donated to the Desert Tortoise Adoption program through the Arizona Game and Fish Department.


This book has been Story Monsters Approved! Kid Tested — Story Monsters Approved!

2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Winner, Animals/Pets and Illustrations categories

2018 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Finalist, Young Readers Book category and Pets/Animals categories