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The Book Equivalent of Flipping a Turtle on Its Back

Here’s a simple, three step process for confusing a kid.

1. Take a picture book.

2. Lift the jacket up until it looks like this:

3. Hand to a student and ask them to fix it.

Actually, don’t do that. It’s too cruel. But if you’ve worked in a library I bet you’ve had students hand you books that’ve gotten into this same predicament and had no idea how to get out of it.

Every time I see it, I think of a turtle flipped on its back.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

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