The Turtle of Oman

The Turtle of Oman Aref Al Amri does not want to leave Oman He does not want to leave his elementary school his friends or his beloved grandfather Siddi He does not want to live in Ann Arbor Michigan where his pare

  • Title: The Turtle of Oman
  • Author: Naomi Shihab Nye
  • ISBN: 9780062019721
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Aref Al Amri does not want to leave Oman He does not want to leave his elementary school, his friends, or his beloved grandfather, Siddi He does not want to live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his parents will go to graduate school His mother is desperate for him to pack his suitcase but he refuses Finally, she calls Siddi for help But rather than pack, Aref and SiddiAref Al Amri does not want to leave Oman He does not want to leave his elementary school, his friends, or his beloved grandfather, Siddi He does not want to live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his parents will go to graduate school His mother is desperate for him to pack his suitcase but he refuses Finally, she calls Siddi for help But rather than pack, Aref and Siddi go on a series of adventures They visit the camp of a thousand stars deep in the desert, they sleep on Siddi s roof, they fish in the Gulf of Oman and dream about going to India, they travel to the nature reserve to watch the sea turtles At each stop, Siddi finds a small stone that he later slips into Aref s suitcase mementos of home.

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    Naomi Shihab Nye

    Naomi Shihab Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Jordan, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her B.A in English and world religions from Trinity University She is a novelist, poet and songwriter.She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2010.

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    • While I felt like the writing was a little choppy, this is a beautiful story of a child learning to appreciate his home country's beauty one last time before moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan. I love the emphasis on looking at something three times: looking toward it, at it, and as you walk away.

    • A simple but cute story about a boy who doesn't want to move to another country. Aref, though not of my nationality, was relatable and the scenes with his grandpa made me reflect on my time with my grandpa. I think this would make an interesting 3 book series with book two focusing on him living in Michigan and book three on him adapting back to living in Oman.2017 challenge: a book recommended by a librarian (Anna)

    • The Turtle of Oman is a lovely, gentle story. The main character Aref's quiet innocence puts me in mind of The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. I have to say though, I was bummed that none of this story actually takes place in Michigan. When it said that Aref was moving to Ann Arbor, I was excited at the prospect of reading a story in one of my favorite towns, but this book is only about Aref's preparation to move, not about the move itself. Having said that, even though I was bummed that t [...]

    • Older elementary to middle grade novel about a young boy (7 year old) living in Oman who is reluctant to move to Michigan temporarily while his parents attend school for their doctorates. Beautiful relationship between Aref and his grandfather and fresh perspective in the descriptions of everything he loves about his homeland will connect with young readers who have been uprooted before.

    • This book was read for my Reading ChallengeAround the World in 80+ Books A simple book with a complex story. Aref is an Omani boy preparing for the most monumental change in his young life…a move to the United States. The Turtle of Oman captures Aref’s last week in Oman, as he wrestles with the all emotions of leaving his homeland, saying goodbye to his pet cat and beloved grandfather. He’s a boy who likes lists, and he continually collects lists of his life in Oman and how to prepare for [...]

    • Sara Grochowski

      (Dec 08, 2019 - 08:52 AM)

      Aref is already homesick for Muscat and he hasn't even left yet. Forced by his parents to relocate to the foreign world of Ann Arbor, Michigan from Oman, Aref can't help but fixate on all the things he must leave behind: his friends, his grandfather, and the sights and smells of Oman. The one small thing that brings him comfort is a pamphlet detailing the turtles native to Michigan, different, yet the same as the giant sea turtles he has come to love in Oman. With the help of his grandfather, Ar [...]

    • Turtle of Oman is a book about a young man named Aref whose family is moving. They are leaving their country of Oman and moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for his parents' education at a university. Although they are planning to return to Oman in three years, Aref is resentful of moving, and does not want to leave. In the week before the move, he visits all of his favorite places with his Sidi (grandfather). They visit a desert camp, turtle hatching beach, go fishing, and have new adventures togeth [...]

    • A bittersweet story of a young boy leaving Oman to move to the United States. Aref Al-Amri and his parents are moving to Michigan for three years and he is having a hard time adjusting to that reality. Even though everyone around him keeps telling him that this is an incredible opportunity, Aref can only focus on all that he will miss: his home, his cat, his rock collection, but most especially his grandfather. Nye does a beautiful job giving life to Aref's most tender and honest feelings; each [...]

    • Although the writing in "The Turtles of Oman" is a bit choppy, the overall message of this book is powerful for elementary school children. It is the story of a little boy who is very unhappy that his family is moving to Michigan for three years. He is nervous that he won't fit into his new school, that his new classmates will make fun of his accent, and that he will miss his home country and grandfather too much. Reading this book is a good way to introduce the concept of immigration and explai [...]

    • Aref is just a boy who doesn't want to move. He loves his home, his cat, his neighborhood, his rock collection, and his grandfather. Especially his beloved grandfather. In the one week between the time that Aref's father leaves Oman for Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the end of the book as Aref and his mother are about to leave, Aref must say goodbye to everything and everyone. Goodbye to friends, goodbye to Mish-Mish the cat, goodbye to the broiling heat of Oman, goodbye to glittering stars and wondr [...]

    • Rebecca Leedham

      (Dec 08, 2019 - 08:52 AM)

      This book was about a boy names Aref who is moving to Michigan in the United States from Muscat, Oman. When he gets back with his mother from dropping his father at the airport, he procrastinates packing. He is nervous to go to a new place and to leave the home that he knows and loves as well as all of his friends. Throughout the first half of the book, Aref spends time at his house and around his neighborhood saying goodbye. The second half of the book consists of Aref and his grandfather Sidi [...]

    • Sarah TheAromaofBooks

      (Dec 08, 2019 - 08:52 AM)

      This was my latest book from my Bethany Beach Box, which despite mostly 3/5 reads, I have been enjoying.  I actually really like children's fiction, and it's been interesting to see what books are considered worth promoting this way.  Turtle was another 3/5 read, honestly mostly because it was quite boring.  As an adult, it was rather obvious that Nye's entire goal was to write a book that showed a Muslim family in a Muslim country in a positive light.  There is nothing wrong with that, bu [...]

    • "The Turtle of Oman" by Naomi Shihab Nye appears on several "Best" lists of 2014. Personally, I mostly enjoyed the book, but I don't feel that kids necessarily will.The story begins as Aref and his mother are saying "good-bye" to their father and husband. He is headed from their home in Muscat, Oman, to their new home in Michigan in the United States. Both of his parents will be working on their PhD's. They plan to return to Oman in three years. Meanwhile, relatives will live in their house. "Th [...]

    • Wandering Librarians

      (Dec 08, 2019 - 08:52 AM)

      Aref Al-Amri has lived his whole life in Muscat, Oman. Now his family is moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan so his parents can get Ph.D.s. The last thing Aref wants to do is leave his home, friends, grandfather, and everything familiar. In the last days before the move, Aref spends time with his grandfather, Sidi, enjoying his country.This was a lovely, quiet book. It was not what I was expecting. When the book started and it was about a boy nervous about moving, I assumed the story would be about hi [...]

    • Aref’s family is moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan from where he has always lived in Muscat, Oman. After his father heads off ahead of Aref and his mother, the two of them head home to finish packing and for his mother to finish working. But Aref does not want to leave Oman, leave his bedroom to his cousins who will be living there while they are gone for several years, leave his pet cat behind. But particularly, he does not want to leave his grandfather. Aref pretends to pack, but finds himself p [...]

    • Francesca Forrest

      (Dec 08, 2019 - 08:52 AM)

      This was a sweet, quiet book. Aref, a young Omani boy, is not looking forward to his three-year stay in Michigan while his parents pursue doctoral degrees. He loves his home and is afraid things will change while he's gone. He spends much of the week between his father's departure and his and his mother's departure with his grandfather, doing fun things like camping at a desert oasis, sleeping on the roof of his grandfather's house, and fishing in the sea.There's not really a plot; the story is [...]

    • I wanted to read this book after I read Roger Sutton's interview with Naomi Shihab Nye. Even if a book isn't the type of thing I'd typically read, hearing about it from the author will usually spark my interest. Indeed, this isn't a typical "Miss Amy" book; it's a very quiet story in which not much happens. Aref's family is preparing to move from Oman to Michigan, and the book follows him for a week or so as he packs (or tries/pretends to), struggles with his feelings, and spends time with grand [...]

    • Rarely do I give a book one star because usually if I don't care for a book that much I do not finish it and thus do not rate it. However, when you are a librarian you sometimes get assigned reading and this was one of the books that was assigned to me as a children's librarian. Everyone else in my grouped loved it. Of all the books we were assigned, this one I just could not get into it and I couldn't really imagine a child reader enjoying it every much. I gave it one star simply because I did [...]

    • This is not a novel in verse, but it is written so poetically that sometimes it feels like a poem.This is a love song to HOME, wherever that might be. Aref is leaving Oman for 3 years while his parents go to school in far away Michigan and this book is his last week in Oman, savoring everything he loves the best with his wonderful grandfather Sidi.

    • This read more like poetry than a story, the description of Oman was beautiful but led nowhere, it really didn't feel like a story and never seemed to go up or down, just kind of stayed on a beautiful plateau. Wanted something with a little more movement one way or the other.

    • Really cute! I fell in love with Aref and Sidi, and I will have to add Oman to my list of places to travel to. I would love to see what Aref thinks of America once he gets here. I wonder if there is a sequel?

    • Reminded me of when I was 11 and told to pack for our move overseas. I couldn't and wouldn't do it. I had my reasons.

    • Sweet story about a boy and his grandfather and their adventures around their homeland Oman prior to the boy's travel to the USA. Kinda reminds me of The Year of Billy Miller.

    • 4.5/5.0 This book was so beautifully written! Wonderful coming of age story!

    • More didacticism than entertainment, and definitely aimed at kids under 10 who are scared of moving house. Slim pickings to find a book about Oman though.

    • Faye, la Patata

      (Dec 08, 2019 - 08:52 AM)

      On hold until further notice. Just not feeling it >.>

    • This one isn't so much a story as a love letter to Oman. Nye gives a lot of care and thought to the fears and emotions that accompany leaving a place you love, which I think might resonate for some readers. But those who are looking for a gripping read might want to look elsewhere. But I will say that I am more interested in learning about Oman after this empathetic portrayal. Recommended: I'd give it to elementary through about 6th graders. The main character Aref seems pretty young, though he [...]

    • I read this book because it is a 2018 nominee for our state's Maud Hart Lovelace award. It is the story of a young boy as he prepares to move from Oman, his home, to Michigan for what appears to be a temporary move in order for his parents to advance their careers. I was surprised that the story is completely about the anticipation of his leaving Oman. It focuses mainly on the time he spends with his grandfather while his mother busily prepares everything in order to meet up with his father who [...]

    • I loved this gentle story of a boy leaving his home in Oman to travel to the US to live in Michigan while his parents go to graduate school. Aref refuses to pack, as he cannot bear to leave his school, his cat, and most of all, his wonderful grandfather. When Aref's mom calls grandfather Siddi to come help, he and Aref take off on a series of adventures that distract them both until the day the plane is set to leave. Siddi might be one of the best people I've ever met in a book, and he helps Are [...]

    • Lexile - 700I can see both boys and girls enjoying this book. Its pace is very slow. There is not a lot of action. It takes the reader on the journey of a boy who will be leaving his home to move to the U.S. In which case it's a thoughtful detailed look at the small things that make up the joys in this boys life. Positives: - You learn many new and interesting facts. The boy is curious and keeps a journal to write down all the things he learns each day. - The relationship between the boy and his [...]

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