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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.

Bubby's Puddle Pond: Autographed Copy

Bubby's Puddle Pond: Autographed Copy


by Carol Hageman

Autographed copy with a personalized message!

“Mr. Tortuga, come out of your shell. I want to play ball with you,” said the little Boston Terrier.

Bubby is a desert tortoise who arrives at his brand-new home in a shoebox. When he’s not sure he’s strong enough to crawl all the way to his cozy burrow in his Sonoran Desert habitat, he meets a cactus wren who cheers him on and becomes his first new friend. As time passes, Bubby makes more friends who band together for safety and companionship. Through both their play and the obstacles they overcome, Bubby learns what it means to trust his friends, but most importantly, to trust himself! Much of this story is based on true events the author witnessed while gardening. You will smile when you read the garden hose scene and when Bubby meets Bebe, the Boston Terrier.

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Illustrator: Nathaniel P. Jensen

Publisher: Niña Story Books, LLC

Price: $14.95 (print); $4.99 (e-book)

Trim: 8 x 8 (paperback, perfect bound, 36 pages)

ISBN: 978-0-9989851-0-7; eISBN: 978-0-9989851-1-4

Pub Date: October 24, 2017

Audience: Ages 3 to 8


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