Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo

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When a little boy sees a turtle basking in the sun at the park, he thinks he's found the perfect pet. But when they get home, the boy soon discovers that the only time the turtle comes out of his shell is at bath time. Is it possible that the turtle would be happiest back in the pond? After all, it's always bath time there!

Lauren Castillo's beautiful art gives this gentle story about finding the right pet--and, in the end, doing what's right for that pet--a timeless, classic feel.


About Lauren Castillo

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Lauren Castillo has illustrated several titles, including the critically acclaimed What Happens on Wednesdays by Emily Jenkins and Buffalo Music by Tracey Fern. This is the first book she has both written and illustrated.
Published July 5, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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A boy wants a pet, but his parents turn down his requests until he asks to bring a turtle home from a pond in the park.

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The boy's parents offer surprising support, allowing their son to bring Melvin home from the park, but the decision to return Melvin is the boy's own: "[W]hen I set Melvin free, he goes right into the pond where two other turtles are sunbathing....

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