Mossy (Scute Approved Reading)
Jan Brett, Picture Book Interest Level- Elementary 1st - 3rd grade
Mossy, an eastern box turtle, lives in the deep shade of Lilypad Pond, with moss growing on her carapace. The garden on her back draws the attention of a local naturalist who takes the oddity to her museum as a living display. But Mossy is unhappy and missing her home (as well as her special turtle friend). This sweet, simply written story reiterates an important message of respect for the environment. But this is a book by Jan Brett, so the watercolor and gouache illustrations trump the narrative in the storytelling.
Look for the "Scute Approved" sticker on the front cover of each book.
What does "Scute Approved Reading" mean?
- Scientifically accurate, including text and illustrations
- The book is well written. The plot, setting, and characters are appealing and well constructed.
- The book is visually appealing; the illustrations are attractive and enhance the story-telling.
- The book has a message that moves children towards a better understanding of sea turtles and their conservation.
*Scute Appoved books are rigorously reviewed by several staff members using the criteria above.