The Turtle Ship

The Turtle Ship sailed into the world on JUNE 5, 2018! The story is about a young boy who dares to dream BIG, even though people laugh at him. Inspired by his pet turtle, he enters a national contest for the best battleship design. It’s loosely based on true facts about the Korean hero Admiral Yi Sun-sin and his incredible turtle ship. Brilliant artist Colleen Kong-Savage illustrated the book with exquisite paper collage. You can see more about the book on Lee & Low’s website.

We had an amazing launch party at Books of Wonder in NYC! Details are in this blog post.

Our L.A. Reading/Signing at Children’s Book World was spectacular! The recap is here.


“The illustrations and the narrative work together wonderfully to tell this fascinating episode in Korean naval history. A great mix of myth and history for most picture book collections.” —School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Rhee’s smoothly paced story arc will read aloud well, while Kong-Savage’s striking, precise paper-collage scenes are equally effective in conveying the sweeping drama of ocean views and the personality and warmth in close-ups of Gobugi’s small, green face.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“[T]his debut packs a double punch modeling the experimental process while spotlighting an intriguing historical figure and his warcraft.” —Kirkus Reviews