Nanabosho: How the Turtle Got Its Shell is one of the popular titles in the Nanabosho series by Winnipeg children's author, Joe McLellan. The author, who is also a teacher, believes in the power of the oral tradition and storytelling. He takes traditional stories about the Ojibwe trickster and teacher, Nanabosho, and weaves a contemporary story that will appeal to all children. In this picture book, the story begins with two Native children who hear the story about how the turtle received a shell. While visiting an aunt in the city, two children and their Mishomis and Nokomis stop by the pet store in the mall. There they see small turtles for sale. Mishomis tells the children that the Creator did not create turtles to be owned. Turtles belong in lakes and rivers. On the way home Mishomis tell the children a story about turtle. In the story the turtle did not have a shell and the story explains how turtle received a shell for helping Nanabosho fish. As a gift of gratitude, Nanabosho gave turtle a wonderful new shell for protection. Nanabosho took a special rock and painted it. This becomes turtle's shell. The children are delighted. The simple watercolour paintings by Rhian Brynjolson fill each page and make the story easily understood by young children. The author has cleverly woven contemporary Native children and their grandfather into a traditional legend making this an excellent introduction to Ojibwe traditions and values. A one-page fact sheet is included about the habitat of the Green Painted Turtle at the beginning of the book. This read aloud picture book is also suitable for grade 3 student readers.