Twig and Turtle: Big Move to a Tiny House

Pixel+Ink. (Twig and Turtle: Bk. 1). Oct. 2020. 112p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781645950219; pap. $6.99. ISBN 9781645950226.
Gr 2-4–Jacobson’s new early reader series follows sisters Twig and Turtle, who are navigating a new life and new school in small-town Colorado. Third grader Twig is the exuberant, curly-haired counterpart to her quieter sister Turtle, who has straight hair with dyed pink ends. Their parents decided they wanted a simpler life, so the family has moved to a tiny home. Many things had to be left behind, including Twig’s beloved Great Dane, Bo. Twig finds out her grandmother is no longer able to keep Bo, so she comes up with an idea to convince her principal that having a therapy dog in school will help children improve their reading skills. Twig teams up with her new friends from the social skills club, Angela and David, to write an opinion piece on the importance of therapy dogs. She prepares a class presentation and invites the principal to attend. A sweet surprise ending ensures that when Bo is not helping the children at school, he will have a safe and happy home nearby. Franco’s illustrations depict Twig, Turtle, and their family as white.
VERDICT An adorable introduction to a great series about sibling bonding and friendship, reminiscent of a contemporary Beezus and Ramona tale. A solid addition to any children’s library collection.

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