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Testimonials for Bubby's Puddle Pond

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.

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Testimonials

Bubby's Puddle Pond: A Tortuga's Tale of the Desert

Carol Hageman, the author of Bubby’s Puddle Pond, is a lover of wildlife and outdoors. She was inspired to share her observations of animals in the story of a tortoise. Bubby is a desert tortoise from the Sonoran desert in Arizona. He meets many animal friends in his new habitat. Join Bubby on his adventures in his puddle pond. In this story, children will learn what foods desert tortoises eat, new vocabulary words such as burrow, habitat, and hibernate, and learn about the adoption process. The end of the story is followed by very informative material that teaches children even more about desert tortoises and adoption. There is also a glossary, a curriculum guide for teachers and homeschool parents, and hands on activities. I recommend this book to parents with children who love animals and preschool teachers to use during their habitat portion of the curriculum.
— Lauren Simone Publishing https://www.laurensimonepubs.com/blog

Loosely based on true-life events, Bubby’s Puddle Pond: A Tortuga’s Tale of the Desert is a gentle, softcover children’s picturebook about the adventures of a young desert tortoise adopted as a pet. Bubby has a grand outdoors habitat as his new home, complete with a puddle pond (desert tortoises can’t swim). Bubby makes friends with local wildlife, including a cactus wren, a rabbit, a Mediterranean gecko, a Gambel’s quail, and a playful Boston Terrier! Of special note is the follow-up information about desert tortoises, as well as guidelines for their care. Desert tortoises are not pets for just anyone; only permanent residents of Arizona may legally adopt one, and they cannot be taken outside of Arizona or released into the wild. “Wild desert tortoises often dig burrows to create shelters from the searing desert heat and frigid winter temperatures. A pet desert tortoise needs a shelter the same protection.” A brief glossary, a simple curriculum guide, and instructions for a hand-on project to craft a tortoise bookmark round out this delightful read- aloud tale, especially recommended for sharing with young tortoise lovers.
— Midwest Book Review/The Picturebook Shelf (www.midwestbookreview.com/cbw/dec_17.htm)
Loved this book!! My husband got one signed by the Author of the book and we decided we Will be buying 2 more so we can save them for our daughter. As in the book you’ll see a man which is my father in law. We decided to frame the one he got signed.
— 5-Star Amazon Review from M. Mares
An unusual (in a very good way) and extraordinary children’s book! Multiple easy-to-understand and worthy teachings are cleverly conveyed in Bubbly’s Puddle Pond. Children and adults alike will learn about some common ‘wild’ denizens of the Sonoran Desert, a few biological concepts, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Tortoise Adoption Program. Additional subtle messages highlighting the importance of friendship and sharing are also robustly woven throughout this story. Bubbly’s Puddle Pond is much more than a children’s book. It is also a reference, an educational curriculum, and a resource that creatively encourages children and adults to explore their curiosity about desert tortoises and the natural world.
— Mike Demlong, Wildlife Education Program Manager, Arizona Game and Fish Department
Young readers will enjoy this charming tale of friendship as Bubby, the desert tortoise, settles into life in his new home. A variety of native southwestern desert animals join Bubby in the cycle of desert seasons. Readers are introduced to vocabulary related to desert animals and their habitat. The author and illustrator reinforce the vibrancy of the Sonoran Desert with a warm, caring, delightful story of friendship in an Arizona backyard.
— Martha Takacs, M. Ed., National Board Certified Teacher
Bubby’s adventures with his friends are the perfect introduction to desert animals for curious young minds. This book is entertaining and educational, encouraging young readers to take a closer look at the nature in their own backyards. I’ll be reading it to my desert box turtle more than once!
— Dr. Teagan Wall, PhD, Neuroscientist and Television Writer
What an absolute delight! This book endorses diversity in friendship in such an enduring way. What a great tool to deliver an important message to young children. Giving young learners the opportunity to build receptive language is important in cognitive development. The highlighted vocabulary words throughout the text contributes to language development and is a great way to introduce the Sonoran desert, a unique place not everyone knows about! I also enjoyed the ‘Learn More About …’ section in the back, and the adoption information is very interesting and helpful.
— Kathy Peach, Award-winning author of The Tiniest Tumbleweed
This is a very well done story of a turtle who lives in the desert. He’s got friends and you learn about how they live, what they eat, learn that they hibernate and more. The illustrations are very whimsical and a delight to see. Nina Story Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). It has been published and you can get a copy now. Not only do you get to watch Bubby grow, you learn the names of his friends. Everyone is a desert animal of some kind. It’s fun way to learn about a different part of the states and the environment there. The author provides more info about the animals and tells you how you could rescue a turtle, too, if you live in Arizona. What an experience that would be!
— 5-Star Review by Jo Ann H, Bookseller
I loved this adorable children’s book. I loved how Bubby made friends with all sorts of other animals even ones who were not like him. The educational aspects at the end of the book are really informative as well. I really like the illustrations. It brings the story to life!
— 5-Star Review by Susan C, Librarian
Well hello there, come on kids let’s meet Bubby and travel along as he meets and make new friends and see new things. The illustrations are awesome and the tiny characters are cute, the storyline is a fun one, as it teaches how to make new friends, sharing and living together in harmony. An educative and fun book that any child would enjoy, so splash along and have fun, I like it, it’s a cool book.
— 5-Star Review by Cherry-Ann L, Reviewer
A cute picture book that teaches various concepts in a way that children will enjoy. It is about a Sonoran Desert Tortoise named Bubby who leaves his home and is adopted by a young girl. He lives in the desert in a protected environment with his own little pond. Throughout the story you meet his friends, cactus wren, rabbit, gecko, and his humans, who work together to teach the reader about the habitat (Sonoran desert), needs, and care of desert tortoises. Bubby also learns about friendship, kindness, generosity, and teamwork and the story reinforces these concepts with the reader/listener. The illustrations are beautifully done. The colours are true to the environment and there is plenty of detail. At the end of the book there is a glossary, fun facts, information about Arizona’s Desert Tortoise Adoption program and instructions for making a bookmark. A great book when learning about habitats, endangered species and character traits. A good addition to a classroom or school library.
— 5-Star Review by Carla J, Educator
Review of BUBBY ‘S PUDDLE POND This endearingly illustrated and delightfully written book introduces children through second grade to the species Desert Tortoise. It also reinforces the concepts of friendship, kindness, generosity, and teamwork. Through Bubby the tortoise and his interactions with new friends (cactus wren, rabbit, gecko, and his humans), children will learn about the habitat, needs, and care of desert tortoises. The author offers additional essential information on Arizona’s Desert Tortoise Adoption program.
— 5-Star Review by Mallory Anne-Marie H, Reviewer
This was a wonderful for young children especially to aid their learnings of different animals
— 5-Star Review by Sarah B, Reviewer
Bubbys Puddle Pond is a delightful book which encouraged my grandchildren to research more about desert tortoises. It showed them how even animals need friends to make life better and how to be a good friend too. Definitely a FIVE star children’s book!
— 5-Star Review by Beverly C, Reviewer
Bubby’s Puddle Pond was a precious delight of a children’s read. Books on friendship are among my favorites for kids, and this one was exceptional. The reader will follow along as Bubby makes friends, learns to rely on them, and most importantly, learns to rely on himself. The book is filled with facts about desert tortoises, as well as a glossary of new words. At the end of the book, there is a curriculum guide. Beautiful illustrations, too! This is much more than just the average children’s book. Thank you to Carol Hageman, Nina Story Books, and Netgalley, for the opportunity to read and review.
— 5-Star Review by Jennifer C., Reviewer
Amazing book! This book is excellent to teach children about nature preservation. This book is a good reference for parents and teachers and it can be use with children of 6-10 years old
— 5-Star Review by Jo M., Reviewer
Bubby is a desert turtle, recently adopted by Erin. The story is about Bubby meeting and becoming friends with the other inhabitants of the garden in which he now lives. One day, Bubby and his friends see a stranger in the garden. Bubby, because he has a protective shell, is nominated to investigate the stranger. He gets outside the garden gate, which at first he finds exciting. That is until the gate is shut and he is not able to get back in. No worries, there is a happy ending. The watercolor illustrations, in this readers opinion, were a perfect selection for this story. In the back of the book, there is more information on desert turtles and information on desert turtle adoption. Many of the words, in the story, are in red indicating that they will be defined at the end of the story, in the glossary. There is a curriculum guide which includes reading and writing suggestions in addition to research suggestions and a hands-on activity. This is now one of my favorite children’s books. I am giving this a 5 star. Great story (with added information for teachers and parents to use to make it interactive) and beautiful illustrations.
— 5-Star Review by Cassandra H, Educator
This is a great book for early Elementary because it teaches a lot about the animals and the desert, has highlighted vocabulary words, but is also a great story about friendship.
— 5-Star Review by Jennifer H., Educator
All it takes is that one book to grab a child’s attention and imagination and create a lifetime book lover. For many early readers, Bubby’s Puddle Pond could be just that book. It is a fun and entertaining story for beginning readers. With wonderful illustrations and engaging characters, children follow Bubby as he makes friends and ventures out into the world. The lessons learned about friendship and self-reliance, plus the glossary and curriculum guide in the back of the book, makes this one a great addition to a homeschool curriculum.
— 5-Star Review by Rebecca B., Reviewer
This is from an advance review copy for which I thank the publisher. The purchase price of this book is a little steep, but it runs to 33 pages of story and support material, and it’s a fully-colored and illustrated (by Nate Jensen) book. The story is rooted in the real-life creatures resident in the Sonoran desert and additionally, a dollar of the purchase price is donated to the Arizona Game and Fish Adoption Program. The story is based on a tortoise adopted by the author’s daughter, and tells of Bubby, who settles into his new home and meets several friends: a wren, a quail, a rabbit, a small dog, and a gecko (which is actually not a native, but technically an invasive species which has spread across the world adapting to similar climes outside of its origin - rather like the rat, although geckos are not usually considered pests!). Bubby has several adventures, not least of which is going into hibernation each winter - yes, even in Arizona, where winters can be distinctly chill (as I experienced one New Year’s Eve - but the hot tub helped!). The story is sweet and easy-going with the emphasis being on friendship and the ‘crises’ being very minor and not scary. I recommend this for young children who enjoy nature and animal stories, and perhaps as an introduction to such stories for children who are not yet endeared to them (if there are any!).
— 5-Star Review by Ian W, Reviewer