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Rosita Valdez: And the Giant Sea Turtle by [Robin Densmore Fuson]
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Length: 110 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Come on an adventure with eight-year-old Rosie and her friends as she meets a giant sea turtle in a cove of the Pacific Ocean. Watch and learn with Rosie as she struggles with truthfulness and as she jumps into action when crisis comes to the cove.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WestBowPress (Aug. 29 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0099RKKKA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great serial character Feb. 3 2014
By Lisa J. Lickel - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Rosita Valdez will make a great serial character. Gentle character lessons and reader involvement help take this young reader story above the usual expectations.

The eight-year-old heroine lives on a Pacific Island plantation with her extended family in a house with a past. Rosita and her friends love to swim, and when Rosita meets a shy sea turtle, the reader is left to guess whether the little girl's imagination has run away with her or not.

Although the main character is eight, the length of the chapter book and vocabulary is geared more toward middle elementary readership.
5.0 out of 5 stars still a child June 5 2013
By Michael L Flager - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a recent grandparent of two little girls, under three years of age, I am always looking for stories with a solid, biblical worldview to read to them. This is one book I can put to the top of the list. I guess I am still somewhat of a child (at least that's what my wife says) because i could not put the book down until I had finished. This is one fun and uplifting ride that children of any age will look forward to hearing or reading time and again.
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute kid-friendly story for young readers Aug. 7 2013
By Julie - Published on
Format: Paperback
***spoilers possible***
Disclaimer: Childrens stories aren't my first choice of reading material. The target audience for this book is probably around 2nd grade.

Overview: The story features a charming little girl named Rosita Valdez. The author gets cool points for a neat character name that flows very nicely with the title. The plot features several mini-adventures Rosita has with a giant sea turtle she names Toby.

Good: Rosita's a fun character.

The story's easy to read.

The book contains decent morals for young children and raises issues pertinent to them such as hard work, obedience, patience, and lying.

The illustrations got better as the story went on.

The cover is simple yet lovely.

Could be better:
I would have liked to see more paragraph breaks and more dialogue in general. I think additional dialogue would have given me better insight into the characters.

There are several scenes with Toby, but I believe there could have been more. Whatever his status, I'd have like to get to know him better.

All the other characters have little to no development. (The most lifelike besides our title character seems to be Linda the bratty cousin of one of Rosie's friends.)

Personally, I hate ambiguous endings. As pointed out in other reviews, the author leaves the reader with the question: is Toby real or not? I'd much rather have a conclusive answer to that question. (I'm a science teacher, I prefer to deal in definites, even in stories.)

Conclusion: If you've got a young reader who enjoys books about the power of imagination, this is a decent one to line your shelf with (and read, of course). If you're not really a fan of kid's books with a reading level around grade 1-4, you might want to skip this one. (BTW, the book comes from a strong Christian worldview. I think it's presented well, but if that's going to bother you, there are a lot of books out there.) Give it a try.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Chapter Book! Jan. 22 2013
By Dad of Divas - Published on
Format: Paperback
In this chapter book, Rosita or Rosie shows her dedication as a young girl to her family. She illustrates how important it is to be a responsible member of a family by performing her daily chores, completing her homework, and helping with her baby sister. Rosie shows her obedience and respect for her parents and grandparents.

In the story Rosie has a good imagination. She uses it with her grandmother in the attic while finding old clothes and in playing with her friends.

The story involves Rosie's friendship with a sea turtle she names Toby. Unfortunately Toby appears to be shy and Rosie is the only one who can talk to him . No one believes her even when a baby whale is saved by Toby and the other sea turtles.

The author leaves you with the question: Is Toby real or imaginary?

What is real is Rosie's love for her family and telling the truth. You will need to be the judge about Toby and his existence in the life of Rosie.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story July 24 2013
By Mom of 2 - Published on
Format: Paperback
Rosita Valdez and the Giant Sea Turtle is a great adventure for any child to take. Rosie's knack for finding fun things to do (and getting into mischief) keeps the audience engaged. I love how Rosie learns many lessons and discovers reasons for doing the right thing. The story is also a fun kids are still asking if Toby is real or imaginary!