Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Surprise for Mrs. Tortoise by Paula Merlán, Sonja Wimmer

Mrs. Tortoise is disillusioned one morning when she gets up to get a drink and sees her reflection in the pond.  She looks old...

NubeOcho and Edelweiss let me read this picture book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.

The illustrations in this story are precious.  They focus on the turtle and her friend, Birdy, and are fanciful and heartwarming.

She tells Birdy her troubles and Birdy decides to fix her up.  She suggests stars.  They're very pretty but they keep her awake at night.  Then she suggests flowers.  That was nice but the falling petals made a mess.  Clouds didn't work either.  Mrs. Tortoise loses her patience and scolds Birdy, then falls asleep in the woods.

Birdy visits with the earth and wind elements and comes up with an idea.  Mrs. Tortoise likes it and apologizes to Birdy for being mean.  

Find yourself a good friend and stick close to them.  Helping each other is the best way to get through life.

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