Book Review: Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle *children's

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About Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle/María y su amiga la Tortuga del mar/Marie et son amie la Tortue de merMarie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle cover

This story is about the love that developed between a little girl named Marie and a stranded sea turtle.  The story tells the struggles Marie had as she helped the sea turtle back out to sea.
Esta historia es sobre el amor que se desarrolló entre una niña llamaba María y una tortuga que vino a tierra para poner sus huevos. La historia cuenta las dificultades que tenía María para  regresar la tortuga de nuevo al océano.
Cette histoire est au sujet de l’amour qui s’est développé entre une petite fille qui s’appelait Marie et une tortue de mer qui est venue sur le sable  pour pondre ses oeufs. L’histoire raconte les difficultés que Marie a   rencontrées pour remettre la tortue dans l’océan.

My review:
The first thing you notice when you flip through this book is that it's in three languages!  Each page has the same text written in English, French and Spanish.  The story is simple and sweet and, for those of us living in the lowcountry, very near and dear to our hearts - sea turtle rescue!  Marie lives near the ocean and visits the beach in search of shells and stumbles upon a sea turtle in distress.  She can't help on her own and needs to convince others that helping the turtle is important and right.  The illustrations are simple and clear and the story unfolds quickly and easily.  This book would be great for multi-lingual classrooms and homes and for children who are intrigued by languages.  At $14.95, it's a little pricey for a paperback, but I think there's value in the multi-lingual dimension and you're really getting three stories for the price of one.  This is a good read aloud story and offers opportunity for discussion.  If you and your child are exploring new languages, this is a great book for you.

Nicole Weaver photoAbout Nicole Weaver

Nicole weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish. She is the author of a children’s trilingual picture book titled Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle.
The story is about a Haitian little girl who resided by the beach in Haiti. Her second trilingual children’s picture book will be published by Guardian Angel Publishing. The book titled, My Sister is my Best Friend, will be published fall 2011.
You can visit Nicole Weaver’s website at and her book’s blog at
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book at no charge for the purpose of completing this review.  All opinions are my own.