Myrtle the Turtle Discovers Hug Power

by Jan Disanto & Illustrated by Lani Yadegar



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/15/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x8.5
Page Count : 42
ISBN : 9781532036088
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 8.5x8.5
Page Count : 42
ISBN : 9781532036101
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 42
ISBN : 9781532036095

About the Book

Myrtle the Turtle is jealous of her older brother, Yertle. He can swim faster and go places she can’t go, and he understands the funny things their parents say. It just doesn’t seem fair. So one day Myrtle decides to go exploring on her own, swimming across the reef toward the back side, where the water is deep. She ignores a warning from inside herself—an “uh-oh” feeling—that she shouldn’t go out there. When her family realizes she’s gone, they are alarmed; they find her, scold her, and bring her home. Myrtle feels ashamed, and then she feels she must be bad, so she hides. But Mama Turtle helps her understand what she’s feeling so that she knows what to do the next time she has that “uh-oh” feeling and then gives her a big hug to transform the shame monster. Can Myrtle use her new knowledge with her cousins the next time they want to play in the deep water? Exploring the transformation of shame through the parent-child connection, this children’s story shares the tale of a young turtle who learns the power of hugs to counteract shame. 

“Jan DiSanto has written a lively and clever book for children, playfully illustrated … It relays the message that we all experience shame and that healing can take place through connection in loving relationships … It is an important addition to a child’s library that will enhance learning with every rereading.” —Liza J. Ravitz, PhD, child and adult psychologist

About the Author

Jan DiSanto, RN, MS, MFT, has been a psychotherapist for more than forty years. Attachment, shame, and parenting have been important themes throughout her career. She lives in Mill Valley, California, with her husband, Peter. Her daughter, Lani, collaborated with her on the illustrations for this book. Lani Yadegar is an artist and has been doodling pictures of sea creatures since she was a little one playing on the beaches of Hawaii. She lives in Lagunitas, California, with her husband, Dave; her daughter, Zoƫ Valentina; and her dog, Zahla.