Regan W. H. Macaulay

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Regan W. H. Macaulay
Illustrator(s): Javier Duarte
Publisher: Mirror Publishing
ISBN-10: 1612253687
ISBN-13: 978-1612253688
Release Date: June 15, 2017
Category: Picture Book

Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far

Synopsis:

Tamara the Red-eared Slider turtle is having a rough start in life.  Her new owner loses interest in her, and she is released into a nearby creek, where she does not belong.  Luckily, a Good Samaritan takes her to a local animal shelter that cares for "special species" like Tamara.  There, she learns about the plight of rescue turtles just like her.

A portion of sales of Tamara Turtle's Life So Far go to reptile rescues.  Help us spread the message of responsible pet ownership and adoption!
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Lovely Loughrea said on 11/09/2017:
Very lovely site, Regan...went to buy some books and after spending some time at it, realized at check out that I was on Amazon.com....not .ca ...so will start over at .ca sigh... Nice comments on Tamara, though.
Anna Huston said on 10/24/2017:
I bought this book for my Grandkids . We read it together and they had many comments and questions.They have enjoyed all of your books Regan and I am very happy with the message this one conveys .
Janet Ann Collins said on 10/21/2017:
This book will help kids learn to care about animals and the environment. And they'll enjoy the story and illustrations.
Lori said on 10/20/2017:
What a great idea for a children's book!
Jennifer Houdeshell said on 10/20/2017:
Here in Fla. it's common to see cars temporarily stopped on a busy road while turtles attempting to cross are aided by a person from the front car. People of all ages help the turtles. Meeting charming, innocent Tamara will help children develop awareness and empathy for turtles. They will want a long, happy life for Tamara and her real live counterparts and will learn what that means and what it doesn't so they can help appropriately . Bravo, author Regan Macauley! Appealing illustrations by Javier Duarte!
Diane Hook said on 10/20/2017:
What a great idea for a book to teach children a very valuable life lesson. Good for you!
Barbara Cairns said on 10/19/2017:
I volunteer at a wildlife state park and we have all kinds of rescued animals, so I really like your idea for this book I wish you much success with it.
Margot Finke said on 10/19/2017:
Regan, super cool cover, and such a kid-friendly story. Congratulations.
Nidhi said on 10/19/2017:
Wow, Tamara! It's awesome how you are helping out by funding the reptile rescues. Good going, and congratulations on the release!
N.Reilly said on 10/19/2017:
One of my toddler's favourite books. Well written and illustrated beautifully. Parents should note the very worthwhile and educational undertone too. Great Book !! Thank you Regan.
Kim Grimm said on 10/17/2017:
Love the cover art. congrats, good luck
MLB said on 10/16/2017:
I love this book! Tamara is adorable! Who wouldn't want to help turtles like her and it's so easy to do with the purchase of this book. Great job Regan - thanks.

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I don’t have pet turtles, but I do have a lot of pet toads, plus a tree frog, some aquatic frogs, salamanders, newts, fish, a dog and a cat.






Tamara the Red-eared Slider turtle is having a rough start in life.  Her new owner loses interest in her, and she is released into a nearby creek, where she does not belong.  Luckily, a Good Samaritan takes her to a local animal shelter that cares for "special species" like Tamara.  There, she learns about the plight of rescue turtles just like her.

A portion of sales of Tamara Turtle's Life So Far go to reptile rescues.  Help us spread the message of responsible pet ownership and adoption!
Regan is an art-fart and an animal-enthusiast who loves New Zealand, Winnie-the-Pooh, horror movies and a few select individuals. Writing is her passion, but she's also into producing and directing theatre, film, and television. When she's not writing or spending time with her husband (writer Kevin Risk), she spends quality time with her pets (a Chihuahua, a Siamese cat and various amphibians). Regan is also a Certified Canine (and feline) Massage Therapist.
reganmacaulay@gmail.com
“This book showcases the all-too-common life of a pet turtle. Red-eared Sliders are very cute when they are small, but they grow big, and can live for decades. Please use this book as a lesson/guide to plan for the long-term future of your pet so they have one family for their whole life.”
-Marc, Little RES Q http://littleresq.net/

“Tamara Turtle's Life So Far written by Regan W. H. Macaulay is a great story. I loved this book. It's a great first book to anyone interested in getting a turtle as a pet. Parents and children need to read this. A lot of turtles suffer from impulse buying due to parents and children not having an idea of what is actually required to raise one properly. This story will help turtles and hopefully stop the cycle of neglect and suffering. This book should be in every elementary school across the globe in areas where turtles are sold.”
— Dave Law, Alberta Turtle and Tortoise Society https://www.facebook.com/AlbertaTurtleandTortoiseSociety/

“Such a cleverly written book that helps explain the perilous flight of the Red eared slider turtle that has overwhelmed so many rescues, lakes and ponds. Through no fault of their own they find themselves where they don't belong and sometimes a person with a kind heart comes along and gives them a wonderful forever home. This book got five stars from myself and my 7 y/o grandson who thinks we should donate one to his school library.”
— Julie Maguire, Turtle Rescue of Long Island http://www.turtlerescues.com/

“It's about time our early educators had a learning friendly tool available to help children understand the delicate balance of our ecosystems, and how some animals being kept as pets can jeopardize it all; a situation that often leaves that pet to suffer. I hope more educators consider adding this special early learning book to their library, and help spread the word about the red ear slider and the challenges that face them today in the pet industry. A must read for every parent considering purchasing or adopting a red ear slider for their family.”
— Abigail DeSesa
Executive Board Chair
California Turtle & Tortoise Club
https://www.tortoise.org/

“Tamara Turtle's Life So Far is a very good book for small children. It takes them on a journey and teaches them not only about turtles but how you should take care of a turtle if you choose to have one for a pet. I think it's a book that parents should read to their children before considering buying or adopting a turtle.”
— Jaime Fitzwater, Triple J Reptiles http://triplejreptilesandrescue.com/

“Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far, by Regan Macaulay, illustrated by Javier Duarte, is part human interest and part environmental science. Ms. Macaulay tells the story of Tamara, a red eared slider pet store turtle, who is adopted as a pet for a little boy. However, the boy loses interest and doesn’t take care of Tamara. So his mother releases Tamara turtle into the backyard creek. Tamara’s afraid and lonely but soon meets some painted turtles who tell her red eared slider turtles don’t belong in their environment. Tamara leaves and luckily is found by a kind man who takes her to a rescue organization. There she meets other red eared slider turtles. Later Tamara finds a new home with the proper care for her species.

The story shows children the importance of providing the right environment and care for animals they adopt. Kids can relate to the feelings that a lonely and ignored pet would have. There’s just enough pull on our heart strings to want the best for Tamara. Reading this story is a good way to impress upon children what they should know before they commit to keeping an animal. The artist, Javier Duarte, has done a good job of illustrating the imagined events and emotional upset in the life of a pet turtle.

This story is recommended for teachers’ classroom libraries, school and local libraries, to help children understand responsibility and the environmental impact of keeping pets.”

I am a long-time reviewer of children's books. I received a review copy from the author.
— Penelope Anne Cole, multi-award winning author
http://www.penelopeannecole.com/


“Tamara is a Red-eared Slider turtle, and this endearing story tells the tale of her life thus far. Tamara is excited to be chosen from all the other Red-eared Sliders only to eventually be forgotten and ignored by her owner and set free in a nearby creek by his mother. Tamara is found by a man who finds her and taken to a special new place where she eventually is rescued and taken home where she belongs.

Ms. Macaulay weaves facts about turtles and taking care of them as pets into a fun story to which kids can relate and learn from without feeling a lesson is being taught—though a good lesson on the importance of providing the best environment and pet care is being taught.

Javier Duarte’s illustrations are beautifully colorful and vivid and bring Tamara and Ms. Macaulay’s story to life.

TAMARA TURTLE’S LIFE SO FAR is a terrific book which teaches responsibility and encourages a very important conversation between parents and children about rescue and care of pets.”

**Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review. This review consists only of my truthful opinions, not influenced in any way by the author or publisher.
— Karin Larson, author of Bedtime Kisses and Little Bug
http://www.karinlarson.com/

“I am a total fan of this book! So often children beg for pets they know nothing about. The result is often abandoned or neglected pets. Tamara Turtle's Life so Far is a story that shows what often happens to pet store turtles. If only children and their parents fully understood the care and needs of this species, they might take better care of their precious purchase. I highly recommend this book to pet stores, other places that sell Red-eared Slider Turtles, and also to elementary schools, so that children might read about this type of pet. Children will enjoy the spot on illustrations. I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.”
— Deb Gardner Allard, author of Baby Poopsie Loves Ears

“Tamara Turtle's Life So Far is a charming book with a good lesson to learn. This book would be a great read for children who are getting their first pet turtle; or any first pet. It's a lesson of responsibility and love. This would be a great addition to any library.”
— Sue Bangert-Wood, author of Chances Are

“Tamara Turtle is adopted as a cute pet when she's a baby, but eventually grows so big she's turned loose into a dangerous world to fend for herself. By writing this book Regan W. H. Macauley has made it possible for kids to understand and sympathize with the many turtles who are in similar situations. This book has a happy ending, and I hope it will help kids understand that it's not a good idea to have turtles as pets, and maybe inspire some of them to check out the agencies listed at the back that help turtle rehabilitation. The illustrations by Javier Duarte are excellent.”
— Janet Ann Collins, teacher and author of Slime and All
http://www.janetanncollins.com/

I don’t have pet turtles, but I do have a lot of pet toads, plus a tree frog, some aquatic frogs, salamanders, newts, fish, a dog and a cat.

    Guestbook Comments
    Lovely Loughrea said on November 9, 2017:
    Very lovely site, Regan...went to buy some books and after spending some time at it, realized at check out that I was on Amazon.com....not .ca ...so will start over at .ca sigh... Nice comments on Tamara, though.

    Anna Huston said on October 24, 2017:
    I bought this book for my Grandkids . We read it together and they had many comments and questions.They have enjoyed all of your books Regan and I am very happy with the message this one conveys .

    Janet Ann Collins said on October 21, 2017:
    This book will help kids learn to care about animals and the environment. And they'll enjoy the story and illustrations.

    Lori said on October 20, 2017:
    What a great idea for a children's book!

    Jennifer Houdeshell said on October 20, 2017:
    Here in Fla. it's common to see cars temporarily stopped on a busy road while turtles attempting to cross are aided by a person from the front car. People of all ages help the turtles. Meeting charming, innocent Tamara will help children develop awareness and empathy for turtles. They will want a long, happy life for Tamara and her real live counterparts and will learn what that means and what it doesn't so they can help appropriately . Bravo, author Regan Macauley! Appealing illustrations by Javier Duarte!

    Diane Hook said on October 20, 2017:
    What a great idea for a book to teach children a very valuable life lesson. Good for you!

    Barbara Cairns said on October 19, 2017:
    I volunteer at a wildlife state park and we have all kinds of rescued animals, so I really like your idea for this book I wish you much success with it.

    Margot Finke said on October 19, 2017:
    Regan, super cool cover, and such a kid-friendly story. Congratulations.

    Nidhi said on October 19, 2017:
    Wow, Tamara! It's awesome how you are helping out by funding the reptile rescues. Good going, and congratulations on the release!

    N.Reilly said on October 19, 2017:
    One of my toddler's favourite books. Well written and illustrated beautifully. Parents should note the very worthwhile and educational undertone too. Great Book !! Thank you Regan.

    Kim Grimm said on October 17, 2017:
    Love the cover art. congrats, good luck

    MLB said on October 16, 2017:
    I love this book! Tamara is adorable! Who wouldn't want to help turtles like her and it's so easy to do with the purchase of this book. Great job Regan - thanks.

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