Our first year, while walking with the students on an amphibian finding mission, we happened upon a turtle, which Mr. Finn promptly caught to show the kids. Bradley didn't get a chance to really get up close and personal with it, and we always regretted not letting them touch it and inspect it. So, the other day while we were walking the dog, Mr. Finn caught another turtle.
We brought it into the school for a couple hours. Bradley got to hold this one. She was a good sport and only hissed at us twice. I love painted turtles. They are so brilliantly colored and their tiny, webbed feet are surprisingly soft on the bottom. I also love their perfect pin-hole nostrils. I named her Calpurnia because we've been reading The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate for science class.