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You can purchase the 37-page unit PLUS a 53-slide Jeopardy-type game for Turtle in Paradise for immediate download for only $19.95!
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Turtle in Paradise
by Jennifer L. Holm
2011 Newbery Honor Book

Turtle's moonstruck mom was a housekeeper for rich people. It was1935, the middle of the Great Depression. Times were hard and jobs were scarce. So at least she HAD a job, but it wasn't easy on Turtle. The rich kids were mean. In one house, they even set Smokey's tail on fire! Her mother told the husband, and he fired her because he didn't believe her. In the next home, Mrs. Budnick said she couldn't have a kid, so Mama sent her to Key West, Florida, to live with her relatives in paradise. Mama said it would be perfect for Turtle there.

Turtle is sent to live with cousins during the middle of the pop culture era of the Great Depression. Shirley Temple to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to The Shadow on the radio are all woven into the story. Turtle witnesses the boys tick-tock their neighbors who have wronged them, an, she gives a really famous author advice at the local cafe!

Would YOU like to be sent to a place where you've never been, away from your mama to live in a house so small you could sneeze from one end to the other? Would you like to live with a bunch of rotten boy-cousins with their mom who is worn to a frazzle and a grandmother who is meaner than a bumblebee? Would you learn to run barefooted with them into their wild and crazy fun?

Turtle in Paradise provides great character studies, comical dialogue, and accelerating action that draws the kids into a real, dangerous treasure hunt. From the beginning when all that she loves is lost to the end when the real treasure is found, Turtle will work her way into your heart and tickle your funnybone.

Turtle will even introduce you to a famous writer Earnest Hemmingway who frequented Pepe's Cafe and who heard her wise advise about writing!

The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, and authentic writing prompts and a culminating interactive Jeopardy-type game, a great study for gifted and talented students. Teachers who want students to enjoy historical fiction set in the Great Depression will want make this book Newbery Honor Book for 2011 part of their classroom libraries.

Research Links
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

Newbery-Winning Author, Jennifer L. Holm
About the Newbery Medal

Help Readers Love Reading Turtle In Paradise
Video of Key West during the Depression
Growing up in the Great Depression
History Lives in the Florida Keys
How the Great Depression Affected Key West
Shirley Temple sings The Good Ship Lollipop
Sponge Fishing
Ernest Hemingway
People and Events in 1935
Hemingway--The Old Man and the Sea Documentary--What was he doing in Key West?
Ernest Hemingway's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech & Slideshow

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Rudy Rides the Rails, A Depression Era Story by Dandi Daley Mackall
The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan
Wingwalker by Rosemary Wells

You can purchase the 37-page unit PLUS a 53-slide Jeopardy-type game for Turtle in Paradise for immediate download for only $19.95!
Click Here to purchase and download this Kids Wings Literature Guide through Teachers Pay Teachers

A 37-page teacher guide, activity unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for Turtle in Paradise is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
2-Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Vocabulary List
Vocabulary Poster Template
Vocabulary Poster Sample Page
Character Studies
Making Connections: Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
with After-Reading Quick Writes
"Little Orphan Annie" Choral Reading
Create a Map of Turtle's Key West Neighborhood
Crossword Puzzle: Crossword Characters
Researching Franklin E. Roosevelt
Activities for Visualizing the Chapters through Drawing
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Prices Then and Now
Writing Turtle's Verses to "The Good Ship Lollipop"
Recalling and Analyzing the Chapters, Discuss and Write
Logic Puzzle: Who's Who of the Pirate World
Research: Transortation or Communication of the 19th Century
Comparing Books
Writing Prompts
Answer Keys

Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game!


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Turtle in Paradise is one of the 26 literature guides for award-winning literature in our Extraordinary Destinations Collection. Though you can order each unit individually for about $17.95, if you order Extraordinary Destinations you will get the 26 units for less than $1.00 each in a spiral-bound book with CD in its back pocket! Order now while we still have them to send to you!


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