As our collection of Jan Brett books continues to grow, Mossy remains a family favorite.
What I love about Jan Brett is she fills the pages of every book with gorgeous, detailed illustrations.
Even before my children could read they would spend quite some time flipping through their
favorites and studying all the small touches on each beautiful page. I also appreciate the
Jan Brett website and the resources found there -coloring pages, activities and word
lists just to name a few.
Book choice ~ Mossy
Read Jan Brett’s inspiration behind the book on her blog here.
Mossy, an amazing turtle with a gorgeous garden growing on her shell,
loses her freedom when Dr. Carolina, a biologist, takes her to live in her
Edwardian museum. Visitors flock to see Mossy, but it is Dr. Carolina’s
niece, Tory, who notices how sad Mossy is living in a viewing pavilion.
She misses the outdoors and her friend, Scoot.
Dr. Carolina finds a way to keep the spirit of Mossy alive at the
museum. She invites Flora and Fauna to paint Mossy’s portrait.
Then she and Tory take Mossy home, where Scoot is waiting for her.
Nature connection ~
Take a nature walk and have each child collect a basket of
leaves/flowers/plants/moss of their choosing.
Have each child draw a turtle on white paper. You could also print one if preferred.
Jan Brett actually gives a video tutorial on drawing Mossy here. We just chose to draw a
simple outline for this activity though. Next have each child glue their nature findings
to their Mossy shell. I had my oldest copy a few lines from the book as well for handwriting practice.
This would be a fun activity to do each season as the flora and fauna changes with the weather.
Additional activities ~
Take a trip to a local museum or aquarium to further study Eastern Box turtles.
Lily pond coloring page here.
Printable Mossy bookmarks here.
Cut and paste on Mossy’s shell here.
Mossy Lesson Plans here.
More Jan Brett ~ See the full collection on Amazon here.