Smorgasbord Blog Magazine -Sally’s Book Reviews – Myrtle the Purple Turtle by Cynthia Reyes, Illustrated by Jo Robinson

My review today is for the beautifully written and illustrated children’s book Myrtle the Purple Turtle by Cynthia Reyes and illustrated by Jo Robinson.

About Myrtle the Purple Turtle

Myrtle is a lovely Turtle. Not an ordinary Turtle. She is Purple and different from other turtles. After being bullied by another turtle, Myrtle tries to become someone else. In the end, Myrtle and her friends help children learn to not be afraid of being different. Myrtle the Purple Turtle is a thoroughly engaging story that stresses the importance of self-acceptance and friendship.

My review for Myrtle the PurpleTurtle

Beautifully illustrated children’s book with a lesson for us all.

This is a beautifully written and illustrated children’s book, that gently encourages the young to accept that being different should be celebrated. Whether it is the colour of a person’s skin, accent, cultural background, religion or disability, they should never feel excluded and forced to change to fit in. Adapting is a different thing altogether and that comes when two people or groups respect each other’s differences, learn from them and adopt some elements in common. Cynthia Reyes expresses that effectively with the words in this book, complimented perfectly with wonderful illustrations of Myrtle and those she meets along the way by Jo Robinson. I also believe that parents or any adults reading this to a child, will also take on board how important it is for young children to grasp this concept as they enter this multi-cultural world we live in.

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Illustrations by Jo Robinson

Jo Robinson currently resides in her homeland, South Africa, after having lived in rural Zimbabwe for many years. Her obsessive affection for the African continent, most humans, and all creatures feathered and furred are what inspire her writing. Her stories are mostly about people, and the sometimes dark twists that life takes. She also writes science fiction/fantasy, humour, and horror, not being one to restrict herself.

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New Book Fanfare – An Honest House by Cynthia Reyes

New book fanfareToday the featured book is the second by Cynthia Reyes – An Honest House shares more of her life in her home north of Toronto.

About the Book

AHHCynthia Reyes has done it again.” Picking up from the early days of her recovery from a car accident, as told in her first book, “A Good Home,” she shares in this new book intensely lyrical stories of life with her husband in her historic farmhouse north of Toronto.

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You will hear the birds sing, smell the flowers in their lavish gardens, and taste the red currant jelly and other dishes from plants grown on their property.

You will be challenged as the author immerses you in the reality of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and the courage it takes to live with chronic pain.

And you will say a wrenching farewell to the farmhouse as she opens a new chapter in a life still devoted to creating beauty out of the materials that life serves up to her, be they dark and haunting or light and joyful.

Buy An Honest House

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Also by Cynthia Reyes


About the book.

A Good Home is an addictive read, a profoundly emotional book about the author’s early life in rural Jamaica, her move to urban North America, and her trips back home, all told through vivid descriptions of the unique homes she has lived in — from a tiny pink house in Jamaica and a mountainside cabin near Vancouver to the historic Victorian farmhouse she lives in today, surrounded by neighbors who share spicy Malaysian noodles and seafood, Greek pastries and roast lamb, and Italian tomato sauce and wine (really strong wine).

What the readers are saying.

A beautiful memoir!  By J. Brill on May 26, 2014 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

Cynthia Reyes takes the reader on a journey from rural Jamaica to Canada and back. The stories she tells captivate and draw the reader in. While each story is unique to her experience, her messages are universal — love of family, power of misunderstandings, and devastation of illness and death. As a psychologist fascinated by the effects that environments have on people, I was drawn to the central role Reyes gives to the homes in which she lived. From the small pink home in Jamaica to the blue home to the farmhouse in Canada, each home has its own vivid personality. From the excitement of a new home to the heart-breaking decision to leave a beloved home, Reyes took me to places I’ve never been, made me happy to be there, and sad to leave. I loved this book!

What a Fantastic Book! By Donna Kay Cindy Kakonge on June 3, 2013  Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

A Good Home is a pleasure to read! With beautifully crafted description, reminders of other great books, a sense of adventure and travel from Cynthia Reyes who leaves her beautiful home in Jamaica to make a home in Canada, this book is first about people and next about the precious shelter that allows us to take flights with our fantasy as it says in the book – home. The difference with this well written book is that it reads like fiction and has the story qualities of fiction, however is a non-fiction literary narrative that you will be grateful you discovered.

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About Cynthia Reyes.


Cynthia Reyes has published non-fiction stories in Arabella Magazine, one of the fastest-growing magazines in the United States and Canada, as well as in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Life. Reyes is a former journalist and executive producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. More than a hundred episodes of her programs have appeared on network television. She is the winner of national and international awards and acclaim for her work as a television producer, project leader, and public speaker, including the Children’s Broadcast Institute Award and the Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Television.  Here is Cynthia pictured with one of the many book clubs who have read her book.

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Thanks for dropping by and it would be great if you would leave a comment and also share Cynthia’s new book across your own networks.  Sally