by Jan Brett

Other authorsJan Brett (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2012



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G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: First Edition, 32 pages


Mossy, a turtle with a garden growing on her shell, is taken from her home and new friend to become an exhibit in a museum, until the director's niece, Tory, notices how sad Mossy is and helps arrange for her to go home.


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32 p.; 10.4 inches

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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
An eastern box turtle named Mossy, whose carapace has become the home of an extensive garden, finds her life disrupted when a passing naturalist carries her away from her cool home by the banks of Lilypad Pond, and installs her in a glass display case in a museum. Observing how unhappy Mossy seems
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during her months in captivity, the naturalist's niece prompts her to rethink her decision to keep the turtle imprisoned, leading to a creative solution that allows the museum to keep a display up, and Mossy to return to her own home, and her friend Scoot.

This delightful picture-book, with its charming tale of a turtle who just wants to be free to enjoy her own home, and its gorgeous artwork, so redolent of summer, was a pleasure to read this cold snowy morning! I love Jan Brett's depiction of animals, and Mossy and Scoot were particularly fine examples of her work. I appreciated the message here about respecting wildlife and leaving it alone, whenever possible, but I also just enjoyed the story, and found myself rooting for Mossy's release, and her reunion with Scoot. Recommended to all young animal lovers, as well as to those readers looking for children's stories that promote a humane way of interacting with wildlife.
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LibraryThing member heyleigh
The art work that is in this book is amazing. It is done very beautifully and I think that it really enhances the story. The artwork alone is engaging, it is done with such detail that it is just amazing to look at. A child reading this book would like the art work as well as enjoy the book as a
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whole. I would have loved to read this book when I was younger. It has a good story line and I think that it is intriguing throughout the whole book.
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LibraryThing member ashleyhill2012
A turtle named Mossy loved to hang out by the pond and eventually started to grow moss, flowers, and plants on her shell. She met a male turtle named Scoot but was then taken by a doctor who put Mossy in her museum for everyone to see. Mossy didn't like it there and the doctors neice could tell.
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The doctor then decided to have a big portrait of Mossy painted so they could always remember her. They returned Mossy to the pond and she was reunited with Scoot. I am not sure how to incorporate this book into a lesson plan, but it would be a neat book just to have in the classroom library. It teaches about respect for animals and for peoples feelings and how important it is to respect the natural environment or space of things.
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LibraryThing member Sullywriter
Remarkable illustrations but weak story.
LibraryThing member 1derlys
Beautifully Illustrated with story line and added bonus geology/biology pictures on the border of the paintings. The bright vivid colors add to the charm of this book as well. When Mossy is captured by Dr. Carolina for her museum, it is a sad turn of events for Mossy for she had just found another
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charming turtle. Dr. Caroline's niece is very astute and wonders if Mossy is really happy in her new home. Will Mossy ever have the kind of happiness she deserves or will she spend her life alone in this beautiful but captured environment? Each page is a delight for the senses as you see butterflies, geodes, seashells, bugs, and other collections.
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LibraryThing member suzan2
A story about a little girl and her garden and how it grows different flowers.
LibraryThing member CourtneyZeggert
I love Jan Brett as an Author, and I was entrigued by the fact that this book was written about a turtle she had seen when she and her family were on vacation. The illustrations in this book are phenomenal, the turtle has lots of natural elements on her shell, and the pond is so vivid. I like how
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it is the little girl who notices that Mossy is sad when she is in the Observatory. Leads us to realize that even the smallest people can truly make a difference.
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LibraryThing member Ashley_Peterson
I liked that in this book I got a message of a love for nature and living creatures. I think it's important for children to learn that we can't put our claim on other living creatures (plants and animals), just like we wouldn't expect for someone to put their claim on us. To me the book was
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teaching respect for creatures and nature. I also loved that the illustrations were bordered in by designs and smaller illustrations giving little hints of what was going to happen and the surrounding areas you couldn't see.
Mossy is a turtle who spends so much time at Lilypad pound that she ends up growing a beautiful garden on the back of her shell. One day a turtle name Scoot sees her and thinks not only her garden shell, but Mossy herself is beautiful. But before the two can meet Mossy gets picked up by a museum owner who puts her in a viewing pavilion. Over the summer many people come to see Mossy and her garden shell, but Mossy isn't happy and the museum owners niece, Tory, can see that. One day, Tory's class takes a trip to the museum and one of the children gives Tory's aunt an idea when they ask if Mossy has any friends. Tory's aunt hired two women to paint a large portrait of Mossy with all the marvelous flowers and plants growing on her shell. After unveiling the portrait of Mossy, Tory and her aunt pack up Mossy and return her back to Lilypad pound. Then Mossy and Scoot found each other. The two turtles were happy as can be, as well as everyone who visited the museum.
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LibraryThing member AshleyWheeler
A turtle named Mossy begins to grow a beautiful garden on her shell as she basks in the beauty of nature surrounding her pond. She meets a boy turtle named Scoot who is very interested in her and her beautiful garden. Shortly thereafter, she is whisked away by a girl and her aunt and placed in
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their nature museum where Mossy is very unhappy and lonely. The young niece, Tory, believes Mossy is unhappy and convinces her aunt to release Mossy back at her pond, but not before a large mural is painted in the turtle's honor. Mossy is content once again.
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LibraryThing member pyattlori
Mossy was darling! The illustrations were beautiful and the frames for each page were especially delightful. It would be interesting to see what young audiences think of the side panels and what they add to the story. It was such a sweet storyline with ties to conservation vs. captivation. The love
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within friendships and the power and insight of youth, as the adult in the book was too busy to see what the child saw. I also liked the vocabulary. It wasn't simplified so that children can learn and understand actual geological and biological terms.
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LibraryThing member marycha
The artwork is realistic and fun to look at since there's so much going on. I love the border idea with picture scenes. The garden on the turtle was really beautiful and cool. The story was also really sweet.
LibraryThing member CarolineBraden
Mossy is a special turtle, in that she has a garden of moss, ferns, and wildflowers growing on her shell. Realizing how unique Mossy is, Dr. Carolina takes Mossy from her pond home and puts her on display in a museum. Eventually, though, her niece realizes just how sad and lonely Mossy looks and
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Dr. Carolina reconsiders the museum display. This is a touching story about love, home, and respecting nature. Also, since the young niece is the person who realizes how sad Mossy is, the story helps teach the lesson that even children can play a role in bringing about change. The complex vocabulary in the book, such as the word “carapace,” makes it more appropriate for older readers and listeners than for younger ones. However, all readers, especially animal and nature lovers, are sure to love the book’s illustrations. Each page has a bright, detailed illustration in the center with colorful borders of natural items surrounding it. Also, in Jan Brett fashion, drawings on both sides of each page give a glimpse at future action that will take place. This book deserves a place in all libraries because of its important messages about respecting one’s feelings and treasuring nature.
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LibraryThing member MadeleinePemberton
Mossy is about a turtle who has what is essentially a garden growing on his back. Because of his uniqueness Mossy is placed in a museum but that means he was taken away from a turtle he really likes and so he is sad. Fortunately a little girl realizes his unhappiness and finds a way to return Mossy
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to his love. I really liked this book because of its incredibly detailed illustrations and underlying themes and would teach it for both those reasons. It is suitable for Grades K-4 and would fit well with themes about nature (including more complex topics like the ethical implications of putting animals on display). However, I would most likely want to include this book in a whole author/illustrator study on Jan Brett.
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LibraryThing member Bettymz
I love Jan Brett as an Author, and I was entrigued by the fact that this book was written about a turtle she had seen when she and her family were on vacation. The illustrations in this book are phenomenal, the turtle has lots of natural elements on her shell, and the pond is so vivid. I like how
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it is the little girl who notices that Mossy is sad when she is in the Observatory. Leads us to realize that even the smallest people can truly make a difference.
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LibraryThing member Brettch
I like Jan Brett books (not just because of the Brett part) because the pictures are always really amazing. This is a cute story about a turtle that has a heavy load of plants on it's back that gets taken from it's home. What I like about this story is the kid is the hero. I think kids like books
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when kids are the ones that save the day. Before reading this book I hadn't read a Jan Brett book in years, so it was fun getting to read one again. I really enjoyed this book.
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LibraryThing member SPLYOUTH
Mossy is an eastern box turtle with a garden growing on her carapace. In her typical blend of colors and artistry, Jan Brett depicts a winning story of nature and home, and an appreciation for both. A true gem.
LibraryThing member Turrean
A gentle story that makes the reader think about whether it is right to remove animals from their proper habitat.
LibraryThing member melodyreads
beautiful naturalist story/illustrations.
LibraryThing member astares
Beautifully illustrated, very detailed and bright. Shows the importance of leaving nature to fend for itself and that mankind ruins the flow of nature's beauty. A story kindergartners through 5th graders would love.
LibraryThing member AMaffett
This book would be great for teaching setting. This would be a great book to show how the setting can change in a story.
LibraryThing member AliciaFine
The picture is about mossy a turtle who grows a garden on her back and falls in love with a male turtle, Scooty. The sad part is she was picked up and put into captivity of a museum. The pictures on each page have three frames, one main picture and two smaller pictures on the outside. I would use
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this in the middle elementary school age since it does have a complex vocabulary choice.
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LibraryThing member laurlou
Mossy is turtle who lives by Lilypad Pond. Mossy is happy with her life until she is picked up by Dr. Carolina and take to a museum to live. As time goes by, Tory realizes Mossy is sad and she is returned to her home.
LibraryThing member jh33
This story is about a turtle, who has a garden growing on its back, is taken from a local pond to be a living exhibit at a local museum. The biologists niece notices the turtle is unhappy and convinces her to let the turtle go.
LibraryThing member harrisrm
A beautiful story about a turtle named Mossy who lives in a pond surrounded by all kinds of beautiful plants, The pond is so wet that a garden starts growing on top of her shell. Mossy is so happy living in the pond with other animals and nature. One day she meets a male turtle named Scoot. Mossy
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and Scoot are so happy together, until the day she is captured and taken away to a museum. Mossy misses the beautiful plants and animals at the pond, but most of all she misses Scoot. Jan Brett does a wonderful job with the nature illustrations.
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LibraryThing member adriennelaine
This is a fictional picture book about a beautiful tortoise named Mossy, who grew a garden on her back.






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