Bubby’s Puddle Pond by Carol Hageman

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Bubby’s Puddle Pond: A Tortuga’s Tale of the Desert: RWYK Interview with Carol Hageman

Hello RWYK family! On this episode of the RWYK podcast, our host Jed Doherty  spoke with our guest Carol Hageman . Carol is the author of a wonderful children’s picture book Bubby’s Puddle Pond : A Tortuga’s Tale of the Desert. 

We’re super excited to share with you what Carol has to say about writing, her book and what kind of animals live in the desert. Listen in as she shares what inspired her book, her mission and learn some interesting facts about her story. Be sure to tune in to this episode to discover all the fun facts about Bubby’s Puddle Pond!


Here’s more information about Carol Hageman

CAROL HAGEMANWildlife always fascinated Carol Hageman. She grew up playing outdoors and doing chores on the family farm in Vincennes, IN, an area rich in flora and fauna. Also as an adult in Henderson, KY, she became interested in birds, for it was home to John James Audubon in his young career. When Carol decided to write the story of a tortoise in Bubby’s Puddle Pond: A Tortuga’s Tale of the Desert, she drew on some of the real-life behaviours she had witnessed. She wanted to pass along her lifelong curiosity and enthusiasm to today’s young readers – many of whom may never have seen an animal in the wild. “I realize now how special it was to be raised on a farm. It gave me a greater appreciation and love of nature that I hope other children can experience,” she said.

Hageman learned floral design early on while living in Indiana and later opened a florist shop in Henderson, KY. After the birth of her daughter, Erin – whom the book’s main character is named after – she sold the shop and moved to Phoenix, AZ. She became a volunteer to a teacher at Erin’s school, tutoring second-graders in reading and then helping them write their own “first” books.

Now living in Tempe, Arizona, with husband Bernie, Carol decided it was time to write Bubby’s Puddle Pond and complete a long-time dream. In her free time, she practices yoga, rides horses and is a Master Gardener.


More about Bubby’s Puddle Pond

Children who learn how to rely on friends and themselves when they’re young turn out to be happier adults. Bubby’s Puddle Pond: A Tortuga’s Tale of the Desert tells how Bubby, a young desert tortoise, moves outside his solitary shoebox and into an unfamiliar world, making friends who band together for safety, comfort and companionship. Along the way, Bubby realizes that just as he can trust his friends, he can trust himself, too.

Based on a mixture of fiction and the real-life behaviours of animals, Bubby’s Puddle Pond: A Tortuga’s Tale of the Desert takes place in a geographically unique part of the world, the Sonoran Desert. The author uses simple yet evocative terms to paint a picture of the American Southwest’s unusual flora and fauna. Intending the book to be used as a learning tool, Hageman highlights these terms and defines them in a glossary. She also provides a fact sheet and curriculum guide at the end of the book for use in the classroom or further enrichment at home.

Want to learn more about the desert tortoise? Here is the link to buy your copy of Bubby’s Puddle Pond 



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In this episode, We discuss

  • Carol reads out an excerpt form her book Bubby’s Puddle Pond
  • She also describes her book and tells us how  her main character Bubby, a desert tortoise learns how brave he can be and learns how to rely on  his friends and himself
  • What makes this book unique and Carol’s inspiration to write this story
  • Carol talks about her mission and that for every book sold, A BUCK A BOOK will be donated to the Desert Tortoise Adoption program through the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
  • Jed shares with a great article on benefits of reading wit young children and much more….Be sure to tune in!

Finally, where can we find Carol on the internet?

Her website: https://ninastorybooks.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolhagemanauthor

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carol-hageman

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ninastorybooks/


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Join us on Sunday for another episode of the Reading with your Kids Podcast. Till then have a wonderful time!



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