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
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
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 lives in
the middle of the pop culture of the Great Depression. Shirley Temple
to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to The Shadow on the radio are all woven
into the story. She watches as the boys tick-tock their neighbors who
have wronged them, and, she gives a really famous author advice at the
The Kids' Wings literature
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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
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Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
2-Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Vocabulary Poster Template
Vocabulary Poster Sample Page
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
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special thanks to
Just Paul for generously allowing us to use his original music
soundtrack of "June" as our background music.
has created outstanding activities for each novel, units which provide
the latest in integrated curriculum.
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